Golf Course Greens Drainage

Sunningdale Golf Club was seeking to improve the Winter playability of some of their clay based greens, but did not wish to change the character of the greens by rebuilding. The Club Secretary, Stewart Zuill and Course Manager, Brian Turner considered a number of different options and visited one of Turfdry's contract sites at Blackmoor Golf Club, Hampshire in January 2000, to watch the installation of the Turfdry (Greens) Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain.

Having been impressed with the installation techniques and monitored the subsequent drainage efficiency, the decision was made to have one green drained at Sunningdale as a trial in February 2002. The success of this scheme (1st green, New Course) led to further greens being drained in Autumn 2002 (10th and 15th greens, New Course and 9th green, Old Course). For the latter works, the Sunningdale greens staff worked closely with Turfdry and stripped lines of turf which were replaced following the drainage installation, ensuring that the greens were only out of use for a few weeks.


Asked for his views on the greens drainage in 2004, Brian Turner said that "the Turfdry Drainage System has improved the greens immensely, with good grass recovery very evident on the previously wet areas". He was very pleased with the results of taking up and replacing the turf and "found that within 12 months it was difficult to see the drainage lines".

Project Summary

Services Provided by Turfdry

  • Greens Survey
  • Drainage Design
  • Drainage Installation


Sunningdale Golf Club



Sunningdale Golf Club
Ridgemount Road