Golf course is tackling the drought

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WATER shortages will not affect the quality of the greens at a leading golf course.

An impressive recycling facility at The Oxfordshire near Thame ensures every drop of water which falls on the 250 acre site is captured and re-used.

Course manager Sean Wilson said: “The site has been designed so that every bit of water, including the water in the car parks, drains into the four lakes, and we use two of them as reservoirs.”

Golf courses generally are big consumers of water.

But Mr Wilson said The Oxfordshire was lucky to act on the advice of an American architect, Reece Jones, who recommended installing a system to harvest all the water on site in case of future problems with water shortages. As a result, surface water runs into gully pipes which travel underground to the lakes, which have a capacity to hold 198,000 cubic metres of water.

Three pumps then pump water to 1,400 sprinklers on site, ensuring the greens remain moist.

Mr Wilson said: “It’s important to keep the greens irrigated, if you don’t the ground gets compacted and hard and that will affect the game of golf.

“Because we have this recycling facility we are not suffering from the water shortage at all and can continue to offer top class greens.”

The Oxfordshire Golf Club has never used mains water to irrigate its course since the club was taken over by Leaderboard in 2002.