Moortown Golf Club

Moortown Golf Club was formed in 1909 and by the mid-1920s the course assumed the layout which was designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie which was to exist without major alterations for over sixty years. However, possibly the finest hour in the club’s history was as the first home course and first British victory in the 1929 Ryder Cup.

Like many similar courses in the area, Moortown had an irrigation system installed in the 1980s, but which has had ever greater demands placed upon the same infrastructure. The original system was very inflexible and the agronomic requirements could not be fulfilled. The cost of maintaining the original irrigation system were increasing to a level which were not economically viable.

Moortown Golf Club approached Irriplan Ltd with a brief to specify a new irrigation system which would be flexible, reliable and future-proof. Irriplan were also tasked with ensuring that the system could be installed over a series of phases whist maintaining minimum disruption. The installation was also timed to run concurrently with the building of a new maintenance facility which meant a ␣flexible approach to the siting of the new control system. Full Circle of Knaresborough had a long standing relationship with the club and were the appointed contractor.

Moortown Golf Club Irrigation

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The Challenge

The installation of the new irrigation system at Moortown Golf Club had to be phased precisely with other works on the site. The ground conditions in certain areas could also be testing and so this also had to be carefully programmed. Remote control for the system was also required, but there was no internet connection in the existing sheds.

The Solution

For Moortown Golf Club the decision was straightforward Hunter’s DIH (Decoder-In-Head) G995 rotors for the realigned straight and bends and G885D sprinklers to the original part of the track. A Hunter Pilot DH hub was installed in the new pump house by the new water tank built within the maintenance facility and this communicated with the Pilot-CC central control via UHF. A new pump set was installed which would maintain a low-pressure charge in the ageing pipework until the new infrastructure was installed.

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 in order to access the decoders. The Pilot-DH hub, Pilot-CC central control and UHF communication equipment were delivered to Moortown pre-programmed and tested with a photographic view of the course including the sprinklers installed as a part of the package. Irriplan completed all Ofcom requirements on behalf of the client.

The project was handed over with full training having been given to the ground staff at Royal Ascot plus full GPS plans of the installed irrigation system.