Ferrybridge Golf Club

In 2009, SSE submitted a planning application to build a Multifuel Power Station on land owned by the Ferrybridge Power Station. The plans required the use of part of the former Ferrybridge Power Station golf course and therefore SSE made a commitment to secure the availability of playing facilities for the members of Ferrybridge Golf Club. SSE secured the services of Simon Gidman as the architect of the new course which was built by John Greasley.

The new golf course was to be a 9-hole course, but with 18 tees to allow the membership to play a full round of golf. There was also a large practice area which included a chipping green, putting green and a practice fairway bunker.

The brief to design an efficient irrigation system was passed to Giles Wardle. Irrigation Control of Cheshire were chosen to install the system which included a new borehole for water supply and Grundfos packaged booster pump-set.

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The Challenge

The installation of the new irrigation system at Ferrybridge Golf Club required extra attention as the ground conditions were tough with seams of shale across the site. The system had to be flexible enough to both grow the course in and to maintain it throughout the lifetime of the course. It was preferable that the system would also be flexible enough to cover wherever possible additional areas such as walk-off zones.

The Solution

For Ferrybridge Golf Club the decision was straightforward Hunters Industries DIH (Decoder-In-Head) G885 rotors for the greens and Hunter I-20 block sprinklers for the tees. Control would be through a Hunter AGC-99D wall-mount controller.

The DIH rotors offer total top access to all of the rotor’s internal components due to their exclusive and patented Total Top Servicing (TTS) features. Hunter’s DIH rotors also offer Total Top Programming (TTP) of the decoder’s station address, another patented technology from Hunter. With the unique DIH features, there was no need to disrupt the playing surface or disassemble the installed rotors in order to access the decoders. The Hunter AGC-99D has the capability of operating up to 8 solenoids simultaneously and may be pre-programmed with 6 automatic programs, each of which may have up to 10 individual start times. The controller also has a cycle-and-soak facility which is particularly useful when there are slow peculation rates through the soil or on slopes.

The project was handed over with full training having been given to all of the greens staff at Ferrybridge plus full GPS plans of the installed irrigation system.