At Chislehurst GC, we started off a full course renovation under the guidance of EIGCA member, Dave Sampson, whilst other projects included Preston GC (Marc Westenborg), the stunning clifftop links at Nefyn plus Pyle and Kenfig (Stephen Ridgeway), the attractive pinewoods at Foxhills (Gary Johnston) and on the beautiful island of Guernsey where a new project is starting at Le Grand Mare with design by Robin Hiseman.
Another project is at Deeside GC, Aberdeen, where EIGCA member James Edwards has the daunting task of trying to build resilience into a golf course that suffers major flooding on a very regular basis. ‘This was a very interesting project for me’; said Richard Allen of EcoBunker Ltd…’Prior to entering the golf construction industry my professional niche was designing solutions to flooding , drainage, and a wide range of other water management challenges. I visited Deeside soon after a major flood (typically 2m deep over the entire course, and with high flow velocities) and it was amazing to see the difference between the bunkers that had been completed with James’ design, and those that hadn’t. The bunkers that had been built with an EcoBunker Edge and Capillary Concrete Liner (a good choice for this extreme environment) retained their shape and required limited repair, whilst traditional bunkers had been obliterated’.
Next up, EcoBunker are looking forward to further projects with Jonathan Gaunt, Simon Gidman and more work with Stephen Ridgeway. Then in September, when golfing eyes turn to Marco Simone for the Ryder Cup, the team at EcoBunker will be admiring the lake edges, built by the EcoBunker Team using the Aquaedge system (as a sub contractor to EIGCA Bronze Partner, SOL Golf). ‘This was yet another great collaboration with an architect from EIGCA, Dave Sampson again, and we are really excited at the prospect of seeing the worlds’ best golfers enjoying our work – but hopefully not getting too close to it!, added Richard.