WANNEROO Golf Club in Perth’s northern suburbs has broken new ground in WA as far as upgrading course reticulation is concerned.  

The club’s “Irrigation Upgrade Project” has been a major undertaking in 2021 at a cost of $1.3m by contractor New Ground.  

Horizontal boring for the main line and vibrating ploughing for the lateral lines have significantly reduced the impact on the course and minimised the disruption to members’ playing days.  

This type of technology has been typically used by Local Government Authorities to reticulate its parks and gardens, but is a first as far as a golf club in the west is concerned.

“From the club’s point of view it has been interesting to reflect back 50 years to when its foundation working group installed the original irrigation lines,” said foundation and life member Dave Hicks.

“As is evident in the photos, this is a huge contrast to the low impact of today’s machinery and technology.

“A major upside is that the project which was staged over some three-and-a-half months during winter was very well timed and is allowing the course to recover a lot quicker than originally envisaged.”

Wanneroo Golf Club’s general manager Mick Smith said New Ground had been outstanding in all aspects of the project.

A 50-year-old photo of the foundation working group installed the original irrigation lines. Today’s low impact machinery and technology made the job much easier.

“New Ground should be congratulated for their efforts throughout the venture,” he said.

“Similarly, our course staff have worked tirelessly and in harmony with the contractor to complete the project in a timely manner.

“We also congratulate all members for their patience during the reticulation project. While it has had its disruptions, most members have shown great understanding but also continued to play and enjoy their golf.

“With spring upon us and the weather improving, we all look forward to seeing our fairways and greens going from strength to strength.”

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