In an area of outstanding natural beauty in Berkshire in the UK with stunning panoramic views of the Thames Valley and Ridgeway, Goring and Streatley Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 71 course designed by golf course architect Harry Colt.
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The irrigation system was 49 years old, was leaking and had failing electrics. In 2016, the six-man course team spent two and half months working on irrigation problems alone to keep the course playable. During long spells of drought, the ground would bake hard, causing a hydrophobic effect, leaving poor conditions in wet weather. The challenges of the site were evident from the initial survey, with its changing topography, multiple services including national electrical distribution lines and Thames Water pump stations, through to the chalk and flint ground conditions throughout the course.
The irrigation consultant designed the system upgrade to include a water storage lake and borehole abstraction, taking into account the huge static changes (circa 70 metres across the site) and the need to conserve water and be more energy efficient. Ground investigations allowed the contractor to identify and allocate the most suitable and specialist plant required and to plan with the client, a coordinated programme from the outset which ensured contract targets would be met.