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Things get BIGGA and better at Bromborough

THE greenkeeping team from a Wirral-based golf club have reached the final three of the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) Greenkeeping Project of 2019.

The Bromborough Golf Club project involved a comprehensive replacement of an aged and inefficient irrigation system together with a refurbishment programme to improve greenside bunkers.

Roger Hazlewood, chief golf officer at Bromborough said: “There were two catalysts for the work. Firstly, the drought conditions of the 2018 summer really exposed the limitations of our greens sprinkler system as lacking capacity, focus and efficiency.  A member satisfaction survey then highlighted the need to improve the playing capabilities of our bunkers. With these objectives in mind, Darren Anderson, our newly appointed course manager, designed a work package to address all the issues.  With most of the work being carried out by our own staff over several years we were able to put proposals to members that were at a cost they were prepared to pay and the plan was approved by them in the late autumn of 2018.”

Darren said: “The construction of the new bunkers prevents foreign objects rising from the soil into the sand, helps prevent sand being blown out by wind and the artificial revetted faces are much more pleasing to the eye.  The end result is a step change in playability and increased customer satisfaction. I am very proud of the way my team has responded to the significant challenges we faced and hope they get their just rewards when the winner is announced at the BIGGA awards celebration on Tuesday, January 21.”