The development of the course has continued at a pace since the last update and lots of changes can be seen on the course. The cutting and preliminary shaping of the new holes is now virtually complete. A considerable quantity of earth has been moved, the tee and green areas have been roughly formed and the bunker locations marked with white flags. The large mounds of earth are harvested topsoil, to be re-spread following drainage installation, which is planned to start this week. The small red flags indicate the lines of the water mains which cross the area. Construction work on the new 17th green and 18th tee will be started this week by our contractors, MJ Abbott. The metal fencing around the site will be removed, to be replaced by posts and ropes, to enable the old and new ground to be blended together. The new 9th tee is now open and the hole has become a par 5. We have already received many favourable comments from members and visitors and we hope to hear more as we tidy the area in front of the tee and build a permanent path from the 8th green. The fairway has been cut wider to the left and it is still to be determined whether to retain the fairway bunker, relocate it or do other ‘protection’ work around the greens. Any views on this would be well received and considered. Despite the efforts of the local rabbits, furry type not golfers, the new 15th green is settling in well after some regular watering and fertilizer application. It will be brought back into play when a sufficiently good putting surface is achieved. After the new buggy/footpath to [...]
10th January 2017 Happy New Year to all our visitors, friends and members. Since the last update on the 4th December, 2016, progress has been limited by the weather and the closure of the EA construction site for over 2 weeks. However, we have continued to make progress towards our goal of significantly improving Skipton Golf Course for the benefit of our valued visitors and members. Our contractors anticipate a March start to work on the new 17th green and surround and will shape the approach to it to tie in with the existing 17th fairway. The current 17th green will continue to be used until the new 17th green is fit for play, hopefully by spring 2018. At the same time work will be undertaken to construct the new 18th ‘competition’ tee. We are currently investigating the possibility of widening the 18th fairway by some 15 metres into the area currently occupied by the EA compound to extend the landing area from the new 18th tee. The 4 new bridges have now been constructed and the old bridges removed. Following negotiations with the EA and contractors to ensure that the bridges look more in keeping with a golf course than a public highway, these will now have a 600mm high wooden post and hand rail fitted to a the top of the concrete up stand, giving a total height of 900mm above the bridge deck When this work is nearing completion, we will lay some of the recently acquired Astroturf on the concrete bridge deck and trial it for safety, suitability and aesthetic appearance. The disturbed ground around the bridges and from the pond on the 15th to the bridge near Brackenley Lane will [...]
As the completed embankment begins to turn green, with early signs of grass growth, we have entered an exciting period at Skipton Golf Club. We have capitalised on the Environment Agency’s work to replace our four bridges by starting work on our drainage and Tee Improvement Plan. 15th green redevelopment works A considerable amount of work has taken place on the course recently in a relatively short space of time. The bridge to the 15th green is being replaced by the EA, so we decided to close the 15th and 16th holes due to lack of satisfactorily safe access. This provided an opportunity for us to undertake major works to the 15th green, the embankment to the right of the 16th which partially obstructed the view of the green and related major drainage work. The material removed from the embankment has been used effectively to raise and extend the ‘white’ 8th tee. 15th green redevelopment works The new bridge from the 14th tee to fairway is now in use along with the greenkeeper’s access bridge. The temporary safety rails will be replaced by wooden palisades and handrails to all new bridges in due course. Two new linked ponds on the 14th fairway have been dug, and will be landscaped and completed once the weather is more favourable. These will have a dual purpose of aiding drainage from the fairway as well as being an interesting and challenging new feature on the course. When the Environment Agency work in the vicinity of the 14th tee is completed the area will be restored to grass and the 14th/18th tee areas re-landscaped. A new path will be [...]
It's been a busy month on the works taking place adjacent to the Club on the Environment Agency's Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme. The following points provide the main updates but note there is further information available on our dedicated page, which can be found here. The embankment is now almost at full height, with just topsoil to be added. The two mounds are topsoil waiting to be spread...not new tees ! The new tee is to be positioned just below the level of the new 17th green platform, between the green and the concrete culvert entrance. David Jones visited 21st September to finalise the new green and tee shaping and finishing with EA. The new 17th green will be shaped and finished in spring 2017. The new 9th tee is almost complete, with a back position 500yards from the centre of the green. Seeding to both areas should commence before the end of this year's growing season. MJ Abbott Ltd visited club on 28th September and confirmed work will start on new holes as soon as weather and ground conditions permit after March 2017. Meanwhile we continue to have full existing 18 holes open for play.