Berkshire GC Upgrades With HSBC: Berkshire’s Goring and Streatley Golf Club has upgraded its grounds with a new state-of-the-art Rain Bird irrigation system, using a £660,000 funding package from HSBC.
Brand new pipework and sprinklers have been installed beneath its greens, tees, approaches and fairways using the ‘mole ploughing’ technique, as opposed to trenching, in order to minimise damage to the ground.
Putting Goring and Streatley on par with other prestigious golf clubs such as Sunningdale Golf Club in Ascot and The London Club in Kent, the irrigation system is fully computerised, allowing the sprinklers to be controlled remotely by a smartphone, tablet or computer. This functionality also enables the Club to efficiently manage its water use.
While members have still been able to play the course without disruption, it has been a major project and has just been completed after six months of work.
Commenting on the investment, Ian Nash, Area Director for Business Banking in the Thames Valley, said: “Upgrading the Golf Club’s irrigation system was crucial to the business. The Club has a strong local reputation and this new system will ensure members experience a course of the best quality for years to come.”
Martin Hucklesby, General Manager at Goring and Streatley Golf Club, added: “The most vital feature that defines a golf club is the irrigation system – as grass has a high moisture content. Our investment in this new system, which has been made possible by HSBC, secures the future of our historical golf course and will hopefully attract even more golfers to our course.”
Goring and Streatley Golf Club was established in 1895 as a nine-hole course and designed by renowned golf course architect Harry Colt. Located in the idyllic North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, golfers are provided with a brilliant backdrop of the Thames Valley, the Ridgeway and the River Thames whilst teeing off.
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