Storm flooding can’t stop play at Brodick

Before: The sun sets over a waterlogged course near the third tee.

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By Colin Smeeton

Brodick golf course which was mostly underwater on Saturday during Storm Dennis has made a remarkable recovery with a small number of golfers being able to play on the course the very next day.

The 18 hole course belonging to the Brodick Golf Club, which was established in 1897, runs alongside the coast at a height just slightly higher than sea level.

As our pictures show the majority of the holes were completely submerged following an abnormally high tide which poured over the course and even exited out the other side near Auchrannie Road.

In addition to the tide the Rosa burn also brought high volumes of water to the area and flooded over the banks of the burn which make up the fourth and 15th holes of the course. There was so much water that the level rose above the Rosa burn bridge which separates the upper half of the course from the lower half near Cladach.

The following day, Sunday, was very windy but the water levels had subsided, leaving the bridge walkway a metre and a half above the Rosa burn level and all but one green looking remarkably dry.

Although the course was not officially open owing to the flooding the previous day some golfers took the opportunity to play a few holes and surprisingly managed to enjoy some time on the greens without a single bit of seaweed, marine litter or debris in sight.

Club members attributed the remarkable recovery to the head greenkeeper Tam McNab and his team of  who service the drains, core the grounds and alleviated the waterlogging with verti draining.

Brodick Golf Club captain Ann May said: ‘Congratulations to Tam McNab and his team who, despite struggling against difficult conditions, keep our course looking beautiful, resilient and a pleasure to play on.’


Before: Rosa Burn bridge has water flowing over the top of it. 01_B08BGC01

After: Golfers enjoy a round with the Rosa Burn bridge high above the water level. Photo Terry Raeside No_B08BGC01

Before: The sun sets over a waterlogged course near the third tee. 01_B08BGC02

After: The same area near the third tee shows little signs of the flooding from the previous day. Photo Terry Raeside No_B08BGC02

Before: A swan enjoys the water on the 15th tee. 01_B08BGC03

After: The same tree can be seen the following day with golfers playing on the 15th tee. Photo Terry Raeside No_B08BGC03