This is the extent of flood devastation one Aberdeen golf club suffered

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 3, 2016 15:18

This is the extent of flood devastation one Aberdeen golf club suffered

These are the extraordinary images that show how badly Deeside Golf Club in Aberdeen was flooded at the end of last year and beginning of 2016.

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The club sits by the River Dee and was already under water due to heavy rainfall just before Christmas, a not uncommon event that was set to last just over a week. Then, right at the end of 2015, Storm Frank hit the UK.

The area was so badly hit that static caravans floated past the course.

On January 4, the water subsided and the full extent of the damage became apparent.

“Some areas of the 27 holes were like beaches, others had a colossal amount of debris but, worst of all, virtually every hole had a three to six inch layer of mud silt covering vast areas,” said Debbie Pern, club manager of Deeside Golf Club.

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“There was only one way to start the clean up – manually.

“With 30 or so volunteer members turning up every day for three weeks in all sorts of weather – including more flooding – most of the debris was removed, bonfires were lit, piles of silt got higher and patches of soggy green grass returned. This was only the beginning.

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“With the ground freezing for a couple of days, the greens’ team, with some external donated machinery, were able to start removing some of the piles of silt before the rain hit us again. It was an uphill battle.”

Debbie said the club is still “a long way off” from opening its courses, plus she thanked her members and neighbouring clubs.

“It’s possible that 2016 is likely to comprise of one composite golf course,” she said. “However what has shone through this disaster is fantastic support from the membership, not only from those who have volunteered to help but also those who are unable to help physically but have offered free professional advice, moral support to the team and a general supportive attitude all round. This has truly brought Deeside together.

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“The support from the other clubs in the area namely Murcar, Royal Aberdeen, Edzell, Craibstone, Banchory, Kemany, Inchmarlo, Kintore, Stonehaven, Portlethen, Westhill and Aboyne has been incredible. The offer of courtesy golf, reduced green fees, machinery and man power has been incredible and well received by the members and again has brought the community together.

“It’s also ironic that this was caused by Storm Frank – our head professional is Frank Coutts!”

Debbie also pointed out that what the golf club has suffered is minimal compared to the devastation some local residents have faced.

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“Storm Frank took out a main road, 40 static caravans went floating down the river and many residents of rural towns and villages were left homeless,” she said.

“Deeside are cognisant we are trying to rebuild a golf course, others very close to us including many Deeside members have not been so lucky and are trying to rebuild their houses and their livelihood   – our thoughts are with these people.”

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir February 3, 2016 15:18
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