Stoneham Golf Club project enters final phase
TJ’s work to create an enhanced and modern driving range and practice facility at Stoneham Golf Club is now entering the final phase. The work has been undertaken with the aim of establishing the club as the premier golf course in Hampshire.
Stoneham developed a strategic 5-year plan that included their target of becoming the premier golf course in the county as well as securing a place in the top 50 golf courses in England by 2021. The Club has an aspiration to host premier tournaments for both professional and amateur golfers and now, with their newly-improved practice and teaching facilities, this is a viable possibility.
The works have been on-going at Stoneham since autumn 2018 and were able to continue without much disruption this year despite the pandemic. The successful importation of soils is now complete and only a few tasks remain. Over the next few months, TJ will finish off the surface of the driving range as well as complete the building that will be used by those practising their golf swing.
Over the past two years, vast amounts of soil have gone into the site to increase the profile of the land and address the drainage issues that existed. The new ground will be ideal for its intended use and will put Stoneham Golf Club into a league of its own. It is hoped that the new facilities will be ready for use in spring/summer 2021.
TJ’s Commercial Director Steve Grant said:
“The project has been very successful, with every phase going smoothly. A lot of work has gone into this, but upon completion Stoneham will have a driving range and practice ground that is second to none.”
Stoneham Golf Club was established in 1908 and is laid out in a beautiful piece of heathland on the Northern boundary of Southampton. It has always presented a good challenge to all standards of golfers. Every hole is different and the balance of five par 5s and five par 3s gives players a wonderful selection of holes.
Stoneham is an 18-hole, par 72, private heathland golf course. In 2012, the Club commissioned Ken Moodie of Creative Golf Designs, with input from former European Tour player Ken Brown and arboriculturist John Nicholson, to develop a blueprint for developing and modernising the golf course in order to maximise its potential.
TJ Transport was the main part of a team managing the process from start to finish. This included supplying the materials, transporting them to the site, carrying out the shaping, screening and placing work. TJ staff were on-site building the new practice facility using TJ’s heavy plant fleet to get the job done effectively and efficiently.
The materials utilised for this project came from pre-selected construction sites where the clean inert material would otherwise have gone to landfill. Instead the aggregates were tested, approved and diverted to this project. TJ has used recycled aggregates wherever they could on this project to ensure sustainability and help the environment.
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