New golf course in town

IPSWICH has a new golf course which will open for business next month . . . but if you want a full round you'll have complete it six times!Only a select few will be able to play on the course and there's no traditional 19th hole - if you want refreshments after your round, you'll have to eat your sandwiches in the staff rest area!Because the three-hole course has been created by turf care specialists Ransomes Jacobsen to test their new equipment.

IPSWICH has a new golf course which will open for business next month . . . but if you want a full round you'll have complete it six times!

Only a select few will be able to play on the course and there's no traditional 19th hole - if you want refreshments after your round, you'll have to eat your sandwiches in the staff rest area!

Because the three-hole course has been created by turf care specialists Ransomes Jacobsen to test their new equipment.

The holes can be played - and employees and guests will be invited to try their hand at the course.

Dubbed the RJ National, the course includes its own pond and will be officially launched at an event on October 7.

David Withers, Managing Director of Ransomes Jacobsen, said: “This has been a great project, and we are so pleased with the result, which reflects the quality of the team we put together.

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“We had a great architect in Howard Swan and his team led by James Edwards; superb support from GEE with Jonathan Smith putting considerable effort into helping us with ensuring that we live by our environmental values as well as Mike Wood helping with planting and specifications.

“In addition Rain Bird kindly donated the irrigation requirements and our main contractor Grassform did a fantastic job.

“We have about 1,000 visitors a year come through our Ipswich facility and we will now be able to demonstrate our machines as well as our acknowledged environmental leadership.”

Visitors who are keen golfers will be given the chance to find out just how testing the holes are!

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