Following an initial appraisal, specialist irrigation consultant Roger Davey completed a detailed design blueprint, full irrigation system tender specification and bill of materials. With an independent specification completed and backed by the Committee, a substantial number of members offered gifts or interest-free loans to help finance what would be the most significant investment in the club’s long history. With generous support from its members, the club stepped forward with confidence.
Members were kept fully informed so they understood why the current system needed to be replaced, the risks associated with continuing to operate the old system and how investment would ensure even better tournament-quality course standards for years to come. They were sent a video about the installation process and many were surprised that installation was far less disruptive on the course and a lot less like the building site they had imagined.
Contractor MJ Abbott began installation of a Rain Bird IC System™ with Stratus™ II Central Control and 875 Rain Bird rotors in October 2019 with Rain Bird 751 and 950 Series valve-in-head rotors on greens, tees, approaches and lawns, and a triple row watering system on fairways, which avoids watering the surrounding heather. Pipework is large enough to facilitate future system additions. Work was completed in May 2020.
The new irrigation system design addresses the hydraulic challenges of an undulating site across a very large area, rising from the lower parts of the course around the 6th, 7th and 8th holes to 20-30 metres at the 9th and 10th holes. That variance has been managed so that even coverage is achieved on the fine turf areas but water is still conserved. The solution has achieved uniformity of coverage and maximised irrigation efficiency.