Shirley Park GC greens back in play in record time after Turfdry Drainage Systems installed by IOG 'Contractor of the Year' award finalist

Added: 10th November 2017

Golf course drainage specialist Turfdry has installed comprehensive new drainage systems into the 11th and 16th greens at Shirley Park GC, Croydon, in late September 2017. Following re-turfing of the drain lines by Turfdry’s team, combined with care and attention from greenkeeping staff, the greens were back in play within 9 and 7 days, respectively. This beats a 15-year-old record relating to the 10th green at Sunningdale’s New Course, where re-turfing by the greenkeeping staff following installation of the unique Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain, enabled the green to be successfully returned to play in less than three weeks. The Turfdry Drainage System is installed on several greens on the Old and New courses at Sunningdale GC, which is one of over 70 UK golf courses on Turfdry’s list of satisfied clients.

Turfdry has a long and successful relationship with Shirley Park Golf Club, dating back to 2001, before current Course Manager, Richard Evans, was appointed. The initial contract was to design and install fairway drainage with the Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain, and this proved so successful that further works were carried out in 2002, just after Richard’s appointment. Richard was immediately impressed by the Turfdry Drainage System and, by 2005, had decided to have the system installed on two of the club’s worst performing greens, the 3rd and 13th. Reviewing the impact of the drainage works, Shirley Park’s General Manager, David Roy, stated that, “By analysing rainfall data we have proven that the drainage works designed and installed by Turfdry has slashed the number of course closures. The works were carried out in a clean, tidy, prompt, and efficient manner and Turfdry would be our first port of call for any future works”.

Indeed, the measureable impact of drainage improvements has seen Turfdry return to the club in: 2009; 2010; 2014; and now again in 2017. Whereas in previous years turf reinstatement following greens drainage had been done ‘in-house’, this year was the first time that the club had employed Turfdry’s own turfing team to undertake the works. Richard Evans was impressed by both the turfing team’s speed and expertise, as well as the immediate impact of the drainage systems; “A real quality finish from the team… it absolutely poured down a couple of days after you left and water was rushing from the outfall - always a good sign”.

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