Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth On Tees, Darlington
Project commenced May 2007, completed October 2008
The new golf course will be 7,800 yards from the back tees, which is one of Europe’s longest – a course that sensitively harmonises with the existing landscape whilst adding striking features that will make it one of the most exciting new courses in the UK.
The golf course is situated to the south of the Hall and covers an area of approximately 116.2ha. The southern and eastern boundaries are defined by the River Tees. Middlesborough Football Club’s training ground and sports complex lies immediately to the west. Designed by Marc Westenborg of the renowned golf course design firm Hawtree Ltd. Oxford, and a Senior Member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, the par 72 course combines modern with traditional, classic with dramatic.
Areas of wetland habitat have been introduced as part of flood attenuation measures. The development introduces new landscape features and habitat areas into an area of farmland that was ecologically poor and devoid of any features of special landscape value. New landform and planting will integrate the site into the surrounding countryside, creating a more diverse and visually richer landscape with a range of appropriate habitats.
The contract included earthworks consisting of almost 1 million cubic metres and included the construction of three lakes, all lined, totalling 0.75 hectare. The lakes form part of a complex water storage reservoir/flood attenuation and pumping system to areas of wetland in other areas of the course.
Installation of a state of the art Rainbird irrigation system to greens, surrounds, tees and fairways. Design and installation of the primary land drainage system, cultivation, seeding and grow in maintenance.