Drainage installation to bunker building lead to busy summer for Speedcut

Speecut Contractors have been moving quickly between various sportsturf projects - including racecourses, football pitches and golf courses.

Speedcut at work on drainage at Lingfield Park Racecourse in Surrey.
Speedcut at work on drainage at Lingfield Park Racecourse in Surrey.

In one of the company's busiest early summers they have been installing drainage at racecourses and on football pitches while building bunkers and paths at golf clubs.

At Lingfield Park Racecourse they have installed more than 200 metres of primary and secondary drainage on the back straight – using mixed cutting chains on the Mastenbroek trencher that included tungsten ‘pecks’.

Contracts manager Barry Pace said: "The conditions were fairly challenging, being silty clay over sandstone - but the results will make this stretch of the course a lot better in wet weather conditions."

At Plumpton Racecourse in West Sussex Speedcut have also completed primary and secondary drainage on the famous Station Bend of the circuit.

Tavistock Community Football Club has had a return visit from Speedcut, who built 3.6hectares of pitches two years ago. Now they have sandmastered and verti-drained the pitches.

And at Dulwich Prep School they have replaced main drains on the sports grounds, including a cricket outfield and a football pitch.

Charterhouse School in Surrey had its main football pitch Sandmastered by Speedcut following fraize mowing.

Golf work was completed at Silvermere Golf Club, near Chertsey in Surrey where Speedcut have been carrying out reshaping and reconstruction on bunkers from holes one to six and hole 17 with the remainder scheduled for improvement in the autumn.

Working closely with the greenkeeping team, Speedcut have been carrying out a full refurbishment of the driving range in readiness for the opening of a new two-storey range building.

The driving range is being drained and regarded and is having an artificial target green installed along with nine artificial bunkers, together with lighting 'berms' (mounds to conceal lights).

At Lingfield Park Golf Club in Surrey, next to the racecourse, Speedcut have removed two dangerous storm-damaged bridges and replaced them with a new bridge deck incorporating foundations designed to protect from erosion risk.

And at Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire Speedcut are continuing construction of a private golf studio for a golf professional.

Dick Franklin, managing director of Speedcut, says: "The summer weather has given us impetus to take on varied projects and this has been a very busy time for all the staff, across all sporting sectors."

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