Boggy Belleisle slashed to nine holes
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.”