Thursday, December 31, 2015

Deeside Golf Club's No 1 course has suffered its worst flooding for many a year.  Splendid aerial picture by courtesy of Iain Landsman.

Flooded Deeside course closed until further 

notice ... clearing mud is going to take time

Deeside Golf Club Director of Golf Frank Coutts believes it will be "some time" before the Haughton course is re-opened for play.
It is meantime closed until further notice.
The muddy waters coming up the burn from the River Dee has made a terrible mess of the course.
The flood waters have gone down from the first green but left it under a sea of mud.

Frank, pictured right, thinks that situation will be repeated all over the course as the excess water drains away - and that will take some time because there is so much water lying on the course added to by the River Dee, in spate, and surging up the burns, spilling over the banks and on to the course. 
A nightmare scenario for the Deeside GC course manager and  his greenkeeping staff and all the members of the private golf club in the Bieldside suburbs of west Aberdeen.
"Even when the water does drain away, we will have to wait until the mud that is left in its wake dries and hardens before we can remove it," said Coutts.
"We just cannot scrape the mud off the grass. That would not do the greens or fairways, for that matter, any good at all. 
"Ironically, we might have to use even more water - through a hose - to disperse the mud and make the course playable again." 

 Another view, by Cal Carson Golf Agency, of the flooding at Deeside golf course, this one from the clubhouse. Frank Coutts said that when he left the club at 4pm on Wednesday, the flood waters were well over the 18th green, pictured in foreground,  and lapping at the upslope to the clubhouse.
So the water has gone down a bit.
If you look at the extreme right of the first picture and the left of the second picture , you might be able to see that the first green is now brown in colour, caked with mud left by the floodwater.
The very bad news is that a lot more rain is forecast for the weekend.



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