Job Done - Improving drainage at a Sheffield golf course

Project: Golf course drainage

Client: Abbeydale Golf Club

Contractor: J Pugh-Lewis

Wet weather fears have been banished at a south Yorkshire golf course built on clay despite annual rainfall of almost 1,000mm.

The 48ha Abbeydale golf course, on the outskirts of Sheffield, has undergone an extensive drainage project - begun in 2003 and now almost complete.

Head greenkeeper Warwick Manning explained: "We're clay-based with traditional greens and in 2003 we had no drainage."

Sports field contractor J Pugh-Lewis installed pipe drains on the worst affected fairways in 2003 and has returned every year since to carry out more work.

"This course is more than 80 years old and any existing drainage had collapsed," said director Tim Pugh-Lewis. "The challenge back then was to find suitable outfalls because the topography of the course dictates that the water has to be taken in many different directions."

J Pugh-Lewis initially put in around 11,000m of pipe drainage on the worst of the affected fairways as well as some additional sand bands.

"It's been such a big undertaking," added Manning. "This year they'll be doing a bit of pipe drainage and some sand-banding where we need to remove surface water, but they've virtually finished the course. There's been a massive change in the golf course as it was in 2003 and as it is now."

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