Job Done: Helping golf courses to overcome compaction problems

Project Solving compaction problems
Client Four golf courses
Contractor Terrain Aeration

Torrential rain following the early autumn dry spell highlighted compaction and drainage problems on golf courses throughout the UK. Sports turf de-compaction firm Terrain Aeration travelled from Hampshire to Birmingham and Hertfordshire to eastern Scotland to help solve the problem.

Copt Heath golf course near Birmingham and Basingstoke golf course near Reading both have traditional clay-lined greens designed to retain water. Terrain Aeration treated all 18 greens with its Airforce Scamper Terralift machine, inserting the probe 1m down through the clay and relieving compaction by injecting compressed air.

The newly created fractures and fissures rising from a 1m depth to the surface were kept open with dried, milled seaweed injected on the final air blast.

At Petersfield golf course in Hampshire, head greenkeeper Kevin Clue blamed compaction on heavy machinery used when the parkland course was constructed in 1995.

Century-old Kirkcaldy golf course in eastern Scotland had suffered from surface water during winter for many years, according to head greenkeeper Mike Ewan. Terrain Aeration also carried out 1m-deep aeration at Kirkcaldy, helping the course to stay open for most of the winter.

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