Job done - Heacham Manor golf course development in Norfolk

Project: New links-look golf course

Client: Searles Leisure Group

Contractor: Collier Turf Care

Collier Turf Care has completed work on a new links-look 18-hole golf course at the Heacham Manor hotel near Huntstanton, Norfolk. The development comprises a 14-bedroom boutique hotel and has planning permission for 150 luxury log-cabin holiday homes to surround the site.

Owner Paul Searle, worked with Norfolk-based Barenbrug distributor, Collier Turf Care to create the course, using a nine-hole course he had previously built at the nearby Searles Leisure Resort, as an insight into what mixtures would perform best on the Heacham Manor site.

Collier managing director Andrew Harding said: "Mixtures were chosen as a result of how the species on the nine-hole course had performed and its soil types." The team planted an 80 per cent perennial ryegrass and a 20 per cent strong creeping red fescue mixture onto the fairways and semi-roughs.

Harding added: "Other longer roughs are BAR 20, with long grass splashes left to grow up to full height to seed head, which has worked really well. The greens are BAR 2, which is exactly what was needed for them - it just does the job."

The course was seeded around 18 months ago and has established well. "We've got that links-look but with a parkland/wilderness look," said Harding.

Searle said: "We're a family business and believe in the value of long-term relationships. I call Andrew and he gets it done. It's an investment - that's what it's all about. And as a result, our greens are now reported to be some of the best in the county."

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