Team reshapes Kent golf course

Speedcut Contractors moves fish as part of waterway work for improvements to greens and tees.

Speedcut Contractors had to carefully shift 2,000 carp and other fish from one pond to another before carrying out a messy dredging job.

The team descended on the waterway near the 18th hole of Sundridge Park Golf Club in Kent as part of a major course overhaul. It moved the fish to a new pond to the east of the site.

The job included reshaping the area before the installation of paths and a bridge by course manager Paul Rudkin, his team of 12 greenkeepers and long-serving forester Terry Gladwell, who planted some of the 250,000 course trees 50 years ago.

Speedcut contracts manager Barry Pace had to laser-grade tees to improve views across the renovated pond. They rounded off the job by aerating greens with a Gwazae decompacter.

His team also had to re-level and extend an existing grass practice tee and improve drainage, car parking and access.

The investment extended to a practice area, a teaching bay plus a new building fitted with cameras to show how players are shaping up created by Speedcut and specialist designer Mike Copson Associates.

The course is overlooked by oak, ash, cherry, sweet and horse chestnut, beech, silver birch and redwood. Gladwell often gives talks on the greens and fairways that have vanished over the years to make way for tree plantations.

Inside view - Paul Rudkin, course manager, Sundridge Park Golf Club

"I have known Speedcut contracts manager Barry Pace for many years and his team is always meticulous and down-to-earth in their approach. Attention to detail is remarkable and the results speak for themselves."

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