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Golfers at Birchwood Park Golf Centre are benefitting from enhanced course conditions following an investment of £250,000 and three years of renovation by course manager, Mark Bell and his team.
The most visible changes have been to the reconstructed tees on each of the 18 holes on the public pay-and-play centre’s Main Course, plus the construction of a reservoir alongside hole 11, as well as a total renovation to the bunkering on hole eight.
Located in an area receiving some of the lowest annual rainfall in the country, the new reservoir has enabled Birchwood Park, which is part of BGL Golf, the UK’s leading course owner and operator, to become totally self sufficient on water.
Mark explained the benefits to the course: “We are now able to store rainfall that accumulates in the wetter winter months – this is harvested from the clubhouse roof and car parks.
“This enables us to continue irrigating the course through the summer in periods of drought, helping secure the long term future of the course and maintain a consistently high standard of playing surface throughout the year.”
Stephen Lee, Birchwood Park Head Professional, said: “The upgrades to the course have made it more playable, the greens are more receptive, which gives golfers the confidence to play their preferred shots all year round.
“New bunkering on the eighth not only makes the hole more of a challenge, but also due to a new lining, golfers can trust the level of sand to be consistent with other holes on the course.”
Work has also been undertaken on the short nine-hole Orchard Course, with holes ranging from 83 to 254 yards long, with new tees installed to enhance the consistency of the playing surface for golfers.
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- Address Stonehill Green, , DARTFORD
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- Website www.birchwoodparkgc.co.uk
|Green Fees||2006 rates: Mon-Fri: £20 (round). Sat-Sun: £25.50 (round)|
|Course Length||5,826 yards (5,327 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course has: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course does not have: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course does not have: Handicap
Greens were superb - fast and consistent Only complaint is slow play Fairways are little patchy in places but greens more than make up for it Overall well Impressed.
Queues, queues, queues!
...because even if you do, there will still be many groups waiting on the tee! We booked a tee time here last August and this is exactly what happened, as they let anyone out on the course. The variety of holes is good, with the front 9 being hilly and the back 9 being flat, but we gave up after 9 holes as this had taken 2 hours and 45 minutes. This was mainly due to not being let through by players who had seemingly never even swung a club before. The course condition could be better too. As detailed above, the layout is good, one par 4 which doglegs left with a huge drop springs to mind, but the fairways never end. They should be cut in to give more of a challenge.