Grassed up …. ACO GroundGuard

John Edgington, General Manager at Faversham Golf Club has used ACO GroundGuard to repair key areas of the playing surface.

To preserve the natural appearance of its course, Faversham Golf Club in Kent has turned to ACO GroundGuard to repair key areas of its grassed playing surface that had been subjected to extreme wear – a common problem for many courses. The modular grid system has been used to promote natural grass growth, stabilise the soil condition and improve surface water drainage in locations where standing water combined with high levels of foot and trolley traffic had badly damaged the existing surface.
“Areas around the first and forth tees had become so worn that during heavy downpours the surface, which was simply exposed soil, presented a dangerous slip hazard for players,” John Edgington, General Manager at the historic course told The Landscaper. “We needed a solution that could stabilise the soil and, critically, allow grass to flourish. Members are drawn to the natural beauty of our setting so securing the growth of grass in these areas to preserve the visual appeal of the course was a priority.”
An eight square metre area around the first tee was selected to trial the ACO GroundGuard system. “As installation didn’t required any special equipment or expertise we were able to quickly complete the job ourselves. The drainage and stability of the area improved immediately and within weeks the grass seeded within the grid had grown to blend perfectly with the surroundings.”
After this successful trail a 16 square metre area at the forth tee was repaired with similarly impressive results. Many smaller areas around the course followed. “As ACO GroundGuard is supplied in small, easy to handle sheets we can quickly repair any vulnerable location no matter what size. The greenkeeping team enjoy working with the product and our members have appreciated the improved quality of the course surface. We now keep a good stock of GroundGuard on site!”
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