Interview with golf course architect, Jonathan Gaunt (gaunt-golf-design.com):
Can you detail what the project at Handsworth Golf Club is entailing?
The environment Agency has proposed a ﬂood embankment on the golf course at Handsworth GC to prevent long term ﬂooding problems related to the River Tame at Perry Barr & Witton in Birmingham. This embankment extends to more than 400 metres, running along the existing par four, 12th fairway. This will directly impact upon the 12th hole and as a result the entire hole (tee-to-green) will be realigned to the south. The knock-on eﬀect of this is that the existing par three, 11th hole will be lost and replaced with a similar length, par three, 13th hole, now located in a ﬁeld to the south of the existing 13th fairway. The existing 13th hole will be realigned, into this same ﬁeld, and renumbered as hole number 12, to be played as a par four. The work is being undertaken by John Greasley, employed as the sub-contractor to Jackson Hyder Civil engineers.
The Environment Agency is funding this?
Yes, it has an obligation to cover the cost of the entire project for Handsworth Golf Club and to provide like-for-like (equivalent) replacement of any facilities lost as a result of the ﬂood embankment project.
What was the role John Greasley took in the project?
Greasley are the sub-contractor and they are responsible for all aspects of golf construction/reconstruction through to completion this summer, plus one year’s maintenance.
How did you ﬁnd working with John Greasley?
Really positive – they are an excellent contractor, more than able to deal with this size contract and very good at keeping to deadlines and budget. Handsworth GC are very happy with the quality of the work done to date.