Golf Course Architecture - Green Pages 2020

O n 10 June 2019, the 36-hole London Golf Club recorded 129 millimetres of rain with approximately 90 millimetres of it falling in just two hours. The damage was significant and following a full assessment in the days that followed, it was clear that the bunkers were beyond repair with contaminated sand, bases scoured out and drainage clogged with silt. It was concluded that before the sand could be replaced, the bunkers needed to be cleaned of all debris, the bases needed reshaping, and new drainage needed to be installed. The club, which is part of the IMG Prestige network, had to keep both Nicklaus-designed courses – Heritage and International – open during construction due to the busy golf calendar with bookings on both courses. Machinery and equipment had to be switched between courses on a daily basis to avoid pre-booked golf groups. Work also had to be completed in four-and-a-half weeks before the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship took place on the International course on 1 August. MJ Abbott mobilised 20 staff – split into four construction teams – and a significant amount of MJ ABBOTT Rising to the challenge MJ Abbott completed repair work on 175 flood-damaged bunkers at London Golf Club in just four weeks MJ Abbott renovated 175 bunkers at the 36-hole London Golf Club following a heavy rain event. The project was completed in four weeks, in time for the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship in August 14