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'Buzzing to open again'

Deeside recovers from Storm Frank

By Martin Inglis

Deeside Golf Club has reopened all 27 of its holes just a matter of months after being ravaged by Storm Frank.

The Aberdeenshire course, right, was entirely submerged on December 30 and the weeks that followed, with 200-250 of the club members volunteering at some stage to help try and get things back to normal.

The club is fully operational again after also opening its nine-hole course. Deeside’s director of golf Frank Coutts says there’s been a fantastic buzz about the place over the past few weeks and reiterated his thanks to clubs in the local area, who welcomed Deeside members with open arms in its period of closure.

OUTSTANDING

“The vibe around the place these past few days has been great,” said Frank. “There’s a fantastic buzz and we’re delighted to be able to open 18 holes again.

“The clubs in the area have been absolutely outstanding for us - just fantastic really. Murcar gave our members free golf until the end of February if they produced their Deeside card and all of the other unaffected clubs in the area let us pay guest rates instead of visitor rates.

THANKS

“We haven’t quite decided what exactly yet, but we will be doing something to thank the golf clubs in the area that have helped us out.”

And if the pictures don’t explain the devastation enough, Frank was quick to say just how badly affected Deeside was from the flooding, with the club having to rent machinery which cost them ‘a lot’.

“There were two areas where there were four to six inches of silt and we couldn’t do anything for the first three weeks because the ground was so soft,” he explained. “For the first six to eight weeks, it was all down to manual labour.

“We had to get diggers in eventually because the STRI gave us a 50-day window where if there was no sunlight, the grass will die, so we had to bite the bullet.”

Other affected clubs in the area have also been able to re-open with significant help from volunteers.

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