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Bush Hill Park GC irrigation overhauled

dinsdag 15 mei 2018

25 Years after its installation, time has come to overhaul the irrigation system of Bush Hill Park Golf Club in England.

Irrigation coverage at the golf club was very poor while the system also suffered from regular leaks and system breakdowns. In order to build a case for the investment, head greenkeeper Graham Careford kept a detailed timeline, recorded all system faults, breakdowns and overtime as well as taking photographs of course conditions.

Once club management agreed to improve the system, Irritech Limited was appointed to undertake the irrigation system design and specification and to coordinate a competitive tender process for a fixed price contract including warranties and retentions.

The committee decided that the major investment of GBP300k in a new Rain Bird IC™ Stratus™ II Central Control System with Windows™ 10 functionality and mapping for greens, approaches and tees would provide the system reliability and future water efficiencies that would maintain the quality of the course for many years to come.

With over 300 sprinkler heads, 7 miles of piping, 6.5 miles of cable and 3,500-man hours, the contractor, Irrigation & Water brought the project in within budget. The new system will be operational this spring.

‘Our biggest challenge has been heavy clay and high water table which meant adopting a more sympathetic approach to ground conditions. It is taken a little more time and care but that’s been essential to minimise damage to the course,’ says Irrigation & Water Director Ashley Proctor.

‘This is our first complete Rain Bird renovation and we’ve had a superb Rain Bird team working with us providing all the technical support, training and back-up we needed to make sure the system was installed to the right standards. We’re delighted to have been involved in what’s been a landmark project.’

door Guy Oldenkotte


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