Garnant Park Golf Club, Wales
Prior to becoming one of South Wales' best known and highly-regarded public daily fee golf courses the land on which Garnant Park Golf Club is built was used for open-cast coal mining, producing millions of tonnes of fuel during its mining life.
As a golf course development site it threw up numerous challenges, none more so than the fact that after all mining voids were filled there was no native topsoil, and the filled subgrade was covered with what, in mining reinstatement work terms, is called soil-forming material - effectively crushed shale that breaks down over time.
Having satisfactorily overcome all the challenges presented, the result is a traditional style 18-hole golf course, measuring 6,013 metres from the back teeing areas that sits perfectly into the land and the surrounding landscape. It's a course that the golf club's own website describes as 'a serious golf course for serious golfers'. Offering magnificent views of the Welsh hills and valleys from every hole, Garnant Park Golf Course has matured year on year and is welcoming golfers from the locality and way beyond on a daily basis.
Winner of the Best New Golf Club in Wales award in 2003 & STRI Environment Winner 2004, its owners Carmarthenshire County Council, and Roger Jones Golf Design, are rightfully pleased and proud at what was created and is now being enjoyed by thousands.
The project is also an excellent example of how a 'brownfield' site can be regnerated and put to good use as a golf course.
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