Beck kept course open during deluge21st January, 2013 by Tania Longmire
The professional at a golf club that stayed open far more than its competitors during last year’s wet weather has said a beck was the cause of its drainage solution.
Most golf courses in England struggled to cope with the wet weather last year, but Forest Park Golf Club’s two courses in York rarely closed due to 2012′s rain, and Mark Winterburn has explained that this was due to a stream that runs through his 27-hole venue.
“We are very lucky to have the beck,” he said.
“Even though many members often complain about having to cross the beck, which winds through the course, it has been an absolute god-send because the surface water drains off in to it and we don’t suffer as many days when the course is unplayable.”
Winterburn added that the course can normally cope with heavy rainfall during winter, but the wet summer has meant that just half a day’s rain this winter has led to the ground becoming saturated.
Both the club’s courses are closed today due to heavy snow.