Drainage

Drainage

Within his role as Course Manager of Ealing Golf Club, Greg has been project managing the complete re-drainage of the golf course. The site is over 120 years old, sitting on the London clay basin so moving water away from the course is a priority. Over the years it has been drained on numerous occasions but it has been around 50 years since the last big push on drainage took place. With the backing of the board Ealing has implemented a five-year plan to renew the drainage system and Greg has been put in charge not only of managing it but of designing it too.

He came up with a plan where the greenstaff are given priority on the course each October, which enables them to work solely on the drainage in a given area before winter sets in. His approach for drainage on clay-based courses is to move it sideways, so the plan incorporates primary drainage (piped), and also secondary drainage with gravel bands enabling the movement of water to the primary drains. Greg says 'with clay being the sub-strata there’s only two ways in which water is going; Either up to the heavens in the summer via evapotranspiration, or sideways in the winter. There’s no chance of it going downwards with 40 metres of clay sitting under the course!'