Thursday, 17 October 2013

Tee Step Maintenance / Safety

Maintenance to improve overall presentation and maintain safety from slippery surfaces.

Our steps have been covered using an astro-turf type product for the last 4-5 years. This was originally applied to remove the risks of golfers walking over potential slippery surfaces.
Initially this looked and worked very well; however over a period of time the astro-turf has become worn, torn and untidy in appearance. Any deterioration to the steps/timber also goes unnoticed as it cannot be seen under the astro-turf. To replace some coverings using astro-turf to a set of steps is also a costly exercise.

After evaluating the presentation of the steps and the on-going problems faced, including costs, it was decided to consider a change in the maintenance practice.

A product was sourced called Gripclad. For a number of years now the Golf market has recognised the long term benefit of using this product on slippery sleepers and timber steps. Many Golf Clubs around the country are now using this product.
Gripclad Cleats can be applied to Railway Sleepers, Club Entrance Steps, Trolley Ramps, Bunker Steps, Viewing Platforms, Footbridges, walkways and even on Grass Cutting Machinery footplates. The product has a diamond hard anti-slip composite surface and offers a tough, durable surface ensuring safety on the course. The expected lifespan of this product is 40 years + dependent on conditions and traffic.

The sheets are fixed to the timber using an adhesive sealant and screws

This product will now be applied periodically to all the steps replacing the existing  astro-turf.
Some steps will have also become rotten and unsafe and will require new timber replacement where necessary.

The 18th Tees Steps

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