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Golf course fears more damage ahead of spring tides

PUBLISHED: 13:54 30 January 2018

The storm damage at Northam Burrows and Royal North Devon Golf Course. Picture: YellowBunny.Media

The storm damage at Northam Burrows and Royal North Devon Golf Course. Picture: YellowBunny.Media

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The manager of the UK’s oldest golf course said the club has done everything it can to prepare for spring tides this week, as seventh green is ‘dangerously close’ to going into the sea.

The manager of the UK’s oldest golf course has expressed his fears for the impending spring tides this week.

Around 15 metres of land was ripped by the sea from behind the Royal North Devon Golf Club and the edge of a redundant landfill was exposed during the recent storms.

And Mark Evans, manager of the club, said he was concerned for the high spring tides due on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, combined with strong north-westerly winds.

He said the club had managed to recover the eighth hole, which was flooded during the latest storms, but the seventh green was ‘dangerously close’ to going into the sea.

The storm damage at Northam Burrows and Royal North Devon Golf Course. Picture: YellowBunny.Media The storm damage at Northam Burrows and Royal North Devon Golf Course. Picture: YellowBunny.Media

“The rock armour we used to have that was installed in the 1970s worked; they were obviously more forward thinking then,” said Mark.

“Up until 2000, it was being managed with pebbles being brought up but since then it has fallen into a state of disrepair.

“It’s atrocious and something has to be done. Otherwise we will end up with an island of rubbish.”

Earlier this week, MP Geoffrey Cox said he had ‘dangerous’ concerns and had escalated the matter ‘to the highest level’.

The storm damage at Northam Burrows and Royal North Devon Golf Course. Picture: YellowBunny.Media The storm damage at Northam Burrows and Royal North Devon Golf Course. Picture: YellowBunny.Media

It is understood diggers have been reinforcing the site of the landfill ahead of the high tides this week.

Mark added: “We have got everything in place but now we will just have to wait and see what happens.”

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