Flood prevention work begins at Warrnambool's golf course

GOLFERS at the Warrnambool course won’t have to don their waders to play a round in the winter months. 

Drainage works on the 17th and 18th fairways started this week in an attempt to prevent flooding on the low-lying holes. 

Course superintendent David Warnaar said works started after the Marjorie Robinson Bowl event and were expected to take about a week to complete.

He said drainage pits and lines had been installed in an effort to make the course playable year-round. “Those two holes always flood over winter, so this project aims to make them playable for the whole year,” he said. 

“The drainage lines will divert water to drainage pits. The water will then be pumped into a dam for use around the course.

“It’s been funded by the club and all up will cost about $25,000.” 

In other news, the club’s new third green will open for play on Saturday. 

The green was damaged before Christmas when vandals did burnouts on the turf causing thousands of dollars of damage. 

Warnaar said the green had been redesigned and would provide a new challenge to golfers. 

“We had local contractors come in and form it up and then an army of volunteers came in and helped lay the turf,” Warnaar said. 

“Our five greens staff have been working to get it up to scratch over the past few weeks and it’s finally ready to play on.” 

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