Boggy Belleisle slashed to nine holes

Ayrshire Post - - News - Stephen Hous­ton

The best mu­nic­i­pal golf course in Ayr­shire has been cut in half for the next month.

The Belleisle course in Ayr will go down to nine holes while huge amounts of drainage work is car­ried out.

All on­line book­ings have now been can­celled for the course and rounds have to be booked di­rect with the starters.

Work is sched­uled to start to­mor­row ( Thurs­day) and the 18 holes will be re­placed with a nine hole“com­pos­ite course.”

The course and neigh­bour­ing Seafield does suf­fer in part from boggy con­di­tions out­side the sum­mer months.

It is hoped the James Braid de­signed Belleisle will be open for play as nor­mal by De­cem­ber 3.

The badly af­fected 15th and 16th are flat and un­able to cope prop­erly with rain.

The par 4 eighth at the far end of the course is also reg­u­larly swamped.

The com­pos­ite course will be made up of holes one, two, four, five, six, nine, ten, eleven and twelve.

A spokesman said: “Holes 15 and 16 are par­tic­u­larly flat and our ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture is not work­ing ef­fi­ciently enough to re­move the wa­ter from the fair­ways.

“We car­ried out part of the work last March and we will be com­plet­ing the project by in­stalling a num­ber of spurs running the width of the fair­way.

“On the 8th we will be in­stalling a sim­i­lar de­sign to the 15th Hole to draw wa­ter away from the fair­way and into our ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture. This too will en­sure the fair­ways drain quicker in wet weather.”

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