Birchwood Park Golf Centre has benefited from an investment of £250,000 and three years of renovation by course manager, Mark Bell and his team. The most visible changes have been to the reconstructed tees on each of the 18 holes on the public pay-and-play centre’s Main Course, plus the construction of a reservoir alongside hole eleven, as well as a total renovation to the bunkering on hole eight.
Located in an area receiving some of the lowest annual rainfall in the country, the new reservoir has enabled Birchwood Park, which is part of BGL Golf, to become totally self-sufficient on water. Work has also been undertaken on the short nine-hole Orchard Course, with holes ranging from 83 to 254 yards long, with new tees installed to enhance the consistency of the playing surface for golfers.
Bell commented, “We are now able to store rainfall that accumulates in the wetter winter months – this is harvested from the clubhouse roof and car parks. This enables us to continue irrigating the course through the summer in periods of drought, helping secure the long term future of the course and maintain a consistently high standard of playing surface throughout the year.”