Problem Solved at High Legh Park Golf Club from Matt Shimwell, Course Manager
What was the problem?
After re-building a new wooden bridge and installing two lots of new sleeper steps on two tee complexes, I had to look at a solution for a slip hazard in wet or cold conditions. In previous years, astro-turf and chicken wire had been used on the bridge but it was a constant repair job and in some cases caused more of a trip/slip hazard.
What did you look at and how did you come by Gripclad?
At previous golf clubs I have used astro-turf, chicken wire, and non slip paint on steps and bridges. But these are not long term solutions and require constant repairs and trying to keep tidy which takes up a lot of man hours. I came across Gripclad in the Greenkeeper magazine and know of other green-keepers in the area that use it.
How easy is it to fit Gripclad?
Extremely easy and simple to fit. Comes in the size you specifically ask for so there is no cutting. Once fitted, which doesn’t take very long, the members can walk on it immediately.
What has been the result since you’ve installed Gripclad cleats?
Since installing Gripclad it has been nothing but positive feedback from members on how good it looks and feels when walking along it.
From my point of view, it looks great and I now have full confidence that the bridge and steps are no longer slip hazards for a long time and it reduces man hours constantly repairing faults on the old materials.