Welwyn Garden City golf club reservoir work gets underway

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 August 2013

The pond on the 17th hole will become larger in order to harvest water for the reservoir (3)

The pond on the 17th hole will become larger in order to harvest water for the reservoir (3)

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A GOLF club has come up with a novel idea to deal with the recurring problem of keeping the course watered.

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club has unveiled plans to build a reservoir in an effort to protect itself from what it calls “the increasingly extreme weather conditions Hertfordshire has been experiencing over the last couple of years”.

The club, in Mannicotts, High Oaks Road, will also be installing a water harvesting facility, which will enable it to collect around two-thirds of the water it needs to protect the course during periods of extended drought.

Chairman Roy Warman said: “Welwyn Garden City Golf Club currently has a licence that allows us to extract water from a bore hole during the months of April and October.

“That enables us to keep the course in good condition during periods of normal weather but the licence also bans us from extracting once the water drops to a certain level meaning we have to switch to using expensive mains water.

“That is bad enough, but our problems get even worse when the water authorities impose a hosepipe ban.”

He added: “Then we have no access to water and are totally reliant on regular rainfall to keep our grass alive.

“In that scenario we are quite literally in the lap of the gods.

“Clearly that is completely unacceptable for a business which employs 10 full-time staff and has a turnover of over £1million a year, so in order to protect ourselves we started to look at alternative ways of collecting and storing water, and after much discussion decided building a reservoir and harvesting facility was the best solution.”

The golf club was given planning permission to build the reservoir and harvesting facility last year and members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the project.

Work has started and is expected to take around eight to 10 weeks to complete.

The reservoir will be sited between the 
13th fairway and 14th tee, and the pond bordering the 17th fairway will be extended to cater for rain water harvested from 
club buildings.


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