When the Environment Agency informed Skipton Golf Club of their requirement to use a small part of the lower section of the course in the construction of the Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme, the members seized the opportunity to take their community responsibility seriously in order to minimise the future flood risk and potential damage to the homes and businesses in Skipton.
A financial settlement was agreed, which will enable the golf club to make exciting improvements including two completely new holes, extension and remodeling of the existing layout and improved practice facilities and drainage around the course.The Environment Agency has now constructed its 14 metre high grassed embankment, with sluice gate, to control the flow of water into Eller Beck during an extreme flood risk situation. In addition it is replacing all existing bridges crossing Eller Beck within the course.
The Golf Club made prudent preparation under the guidance of leading golf course designer, David Jones, to ensure members and visitors have continued to enjoy an uninterrupted, 18 hole, quality golf experience throughout.
A completely new hole was introduced to replace the former 17th and a new ‘interim’ green for the former 16th hole was constructed, to be used until the Flood Alleviation Scheme work has been completed. Work is now underway to build a completely new 17th green, landscaped into the new embankment, with an adjoining new ‘championship’ tee for the final hole.
In addition, leading golf course construction firm MJ Abbott Ltd will start work in early Spring 2017 to build two completely new par 4 holes on recently acquired adjoining land between Brackenley Lane and Grassington Road. The current par 4 ninth hole has recently been extended back to provide a challenging par 5 hole. As most of this work will take place off the existing course, future disruption to play will be minimal and the Club will be able to continue to extend a warm welcome to visiting parties and casual visitors.
When the new holes are in play, the current first hole will become available for conversion to a short game practice area, whilst the ‘interim’ par 3 11th will become the focal point of a new junior and beginners’ academy area.
Plans of the new holes, all produced by World-renowned golf architect, David Jones
Further Information & Links
Environmental Statement [Craven District Council]
Slow release | Two new dams for Skipton [New Civil Engineer]
Top award for Skipton flood defences [Craven Herald]
Skipton’s £13.8 million flood scheme to get under way [Craven Herald]
Whilst this work has been ongoing the effects to member and visitor golf has been minimal and we have received many glowing testimonials and comments, typified by the following:
‘ I wanted to relate our experience when we visited you at the beginning of July. The work that was going on re the flood relief was very unobtrusive to our golf. We played 18 holes and how you had accommodated these was exemplary (the introduction of the par 3 and the 16th a par 4 instead of a 5). Look forward to seeing you next year.’
‘Ahead of our Seniors’ annual match at Skipton GC , our team were well aware of the ongoing flood relief works and that there might be some disruption on a small number of holes. In outcome, we played 18 holes of golf and there was absolutely no inconvenience and we had a most enjoyable match.’