Faversham Golf Club in Kent required a system which would preserve natural appearance of the course whilst providing a ground stabilisation solution.
The brief was to repair key areas of its grassed playing surface that had been subjected to extreme wearwith a stabilisation system that promotes natural grass growth and positive surface water drainage.
“Areas around the first and forth tees had become so worn that during heavy downpours the surface, which was simply exposed soil, presented a dangerous slip hazard for players,” says John Edgington, General Manager at the historic course. “We needed a solution that could stabilise the soil and, critically, allow grass to flourish. Members are drawn to the natural beauty of our setting so securing the growth of grass in these areas to preserve the visual appeal of the course was a priority.”
The award-winning GroundGuard modular grid system has been used to promote natural grass growth, stabilise the soil condition and improve surface water drainage in locations where standing water combined with high levels of foot and trolley traffic had badly damaged the existing surface.
An 8m2 area around the first tee was selected to trial the ACO GroundGuard system.
After this successful trail a 16m2 area at the fourth tee was repaired with similarly impressive results. Many smaller areas around the course followed.
GroundGuard is recognised by the Association of Professional Landscapers.
John Edgington said: “As installation didn’t required any special equipment or expertise we were able to quickly complete the job ourselves. The drainage and stability of the area improved immediately and within weeks the grass seeded within the grid had grown to blend perfectly with the surroundings.”
“As ACO GroundGuard is supplied in small, easy to handle sheets we can quickly repair any vulnerable location no matter what size. The greenkeeping team enjoy working with the product and our members have appreciated the improved quality of the course surface. We now keep a good stock of GroundGuard on site!”