Course contractor comes clean

Maureen Keepinin Industry News
ABBOTTS RAC Completing a busy autumn programme on projects of all sizes, specialist contractor MJ Abbott has proved its versatility and reliability at golf clubs throughout the country.

"After 40 years experience in the industry we have a proven track record," says Nigel Wyatt, Contracts Director.
"Clubs really appreciate the high standards of cleanliness we work to on site, which we achieve by using our own professional teams and purpose-built machinery and equipment."

Scope of projects

With drought now a key issue, the company was selected to undertake vital irrigation improvements at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire - with the installation of water transfer pipework from lakes to reservoirs, together with flow meters and submersible pumps in wet wells. Drainage to three fairways was also dramatically improved and efficiently fed into the water storage areas, helping to increase self-sufficiency.

Reconstruction of 21 greenside bunkers was completed, achieving the club's objective of re-establishing the original bunker shaping. This was the company's second project at Hanbury Manor, following work to improve the drainage of the bunkers last year. And for efficient use of water, a comprehensive irrigation system and weather station was also installed in phases.

At Burstwick Golf Club in Hull the company returned for a further project to construct new nine-holes, creating an 18-hole course. Highly flexible, the company carried out the work in two phases, in-line with the club's requirements.

Recently completed contracts also include Stoneham Golf Club in Southampton, where reconstruction work took place on a large greenside bunker on the 16th, a short par 3 hole. Beyond repair, this bunker had a very steep, eroded face, which since reconstruction work is far more maintainable and offers better playability.

At the prestigious Royal Automobile Club at Epsom, famous for its golf courses and classic car collection, the company was selected to address a safety issue by deterring players from stepping too close to the site boundary. Re-construction work took place on the tee complex and landing area of the 5th hole on the par 71 Coronation Course, to ensure wayward balls do not leave the property.

For individual advice on golf course construction, irrigation, drainage and water management visit MJ Abbott on Stand C7 at BTME.

Tel: 01722 716361 email: website:

Picture: A 1901 Mors, owned by the Royal Automobile Club, at Woodcote Park in Surrey. Contractor MJ Abbott has just completed re-construction work on the 5th hole of the Coronation Course.
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