Golspie Golf Club recovers following flood2nd August, 2013 by Tania Longmire
Golspie Golf Club in Scotland, which borders the North Sea, has sensationally re-opened just a few months after suffering one of the most devastating floods to have ever hit a UK course.
Last December the worst storm in the club’s 125-year history breached the local coastal defences and spread more than 160 yards inland, flooding most of the links course.
In places the water was 12 feet deep, and it brought with it boulders, some weighing around a tonne each. The destruction was so bad that Golspie Golf Club’s seventh tee completely disappeared.
Hundreds of local people and staff from four neighbouring golf clubs, Royal Dornoch, Tain, Bonar Bridge and Skibo, helped clear the water and quarter of a million tonnes of rubble, and then remove contaminated soil.
For the first half of this year the greenkeeping team has worked flat out to restore the course, and, incredibly, this summer the full 18 holes re-opened.
“Just seven months after the initial devastation, it’s ‘business as usual’ at Golspie Golf Club and the feedback from visiting golfers has been very encouraging,” said John Davies, club captain.
“Such is the quality of the repairs that certain areas of the course are now regarded as being considerably better than before the storm!
“Golspie Golf Club has always been famous for the beautiful course, amazing views and it’s warm, friendly welcome. I think future advertisements should also make reference to the incredible resilience of the staff and the tremendous community spirit.”
The club was ranked at 54 in National Club Golfer’s ‘UK Top 100 Links Courses’ before the flood last year.