12th drainage system

Many of you may be wondering why the front of the 12th tee had became wet again last year, then ask why these unsightly drains haven’t been filled in!.
One obvious reason was the tremendous amount of rain that fell. Once the beast from the east moved away and the jet stream moved north, this pulled weather system after weather system   In off the Atlantic which could only mean one thing RAIN!. From the 1st of March to the 31st of April 2018 Phoenix golf club suffered 226 mm of rain!!.
The second reason the 12th tee area became so wet again was the drainage system. Graham did a magnificent job designing the open drainage system in the area but they are exactly that, open. They are actually called french drains and collect surface water before it soaks and saturates.
Every year the drains need maintenance to keep them open which involves removing soil and organic matter  from the drain lines to keep the water flowing down them and topping up with pea gravel.  This had been a job neglected since Graham left and other areas with a similar designed drainage system will will need this maintenance work.
Although they look unsightly for a while, grass will eventually creep over the drains and become invisible once more, a good growing season will see to that!. While grass growing over won’t make the drains stop working, organic matter and soil will make them stop working so this work to open them up every couple of years in imperative.

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