Te Marua golf’s river rocks on the job
New flood protection measures at the Te Marua Golf Club have had the toughest of tests already – and passed with flying colours.
Three river groynes, made by layering 500 kilogram granite rocks, were put to an early challenge in Upper Hutt’s freak heavy rainstorm on January 30.
‘‘That was amazing and it could have been disastrous for us but they worked really well in heading the water away from the bank,’’ Te Marua club captain Chris Brooks said.
The club’s $90,000 construction on the Hutt River, alongside its number one fairway, were completed on Monday.
The groynes, reaching out several metres to deep water, protect an eroding riverbank which has exposed the roots of several 100-year old totara trees.
‘‘These trees amount to a very real risk for us. If they fell into the river [in a flood] the water would back up there and flood our whole course.’’
The club’s 40-hectare grounds on State Highway 2 are north of Birchville, the suburban boundary of the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s flood protection zone.
With half a dozen fairways alongside the Hutt River, living with the waterway had always been a challenge, Brooks said.
Tree planting will finish the new work which it is hoped is only the first stage in protecting the club’s long-term future.
It has been a long time coming with detailed planning and resource consents required as well as money.
That came from a number of sources including members of the 86-year-old club, Brooks said.
While this has been on the rise with 40 new golfers arriving in the last year, significant external funding was always needed.
Contributions from a regional council ‘‘isolated works fund’’ and the Upper Hutt City Council were big factors in the plan becoming a reality.
Grants were also received from the Pelorus Trust, the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club and the Rimutaka Licensing Trust.
Te Marua club captain Chris Brooks, at the river protection work.