Root-and-branch revamp for St Andrews golf course

The renovation of a major golf course is being undertaken without disturbing golfers chipping away on nearby greens and fairways.

Golf specialist MJ Abbott has taken on the Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews, a job that involves reconstruction of all 18 tee complexes, dozens of bunkers and water-storage lakes.

The firm, based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, is planting pond edges to improve aesthetics and installing a new Rain Bird irrigation system to all greens, while underlaying fairway areas with piped drainage.

"Extensive earthworks to native rough areas have formed feature mounding and drainage-attenuation areas," said contracts manager Steve Briggs. "Turf has been lifted and relaid on a premixed rootzone.

"The project is challenging because of the continuing operation of the 18 holes on the nearby Devlin course. Two holes from the original Devlin layout have been swapped to form part of the new Torrance layout."

He said a temporary course had been created to keep all 18 holes in play and enable golfers to complete their rounds. His firm used WBB Minerals' premixed Turfstart rootzone to tee surfaces and turf to match the chosen seed mix.

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