New bridge enhances golf course's final fairway
Monday, 24th December 2012.
The final fairway at Haverhill Golf Club now has a smart new bridge, officially opened last week.
Terry Bishop, a former club captain and vice-president at Haverhill Golf Club, has been organising the Linton Enterprise Classic for the past 12 years.
The event is held every May, is very well supported by golf club members and sponsors, and has raised a total in excess of £15,000 which is used to fund projects at Haverhill Golf Club.
In previous years these projects have included the shoe/trolley cleaning areas and equipment, a contribution to the cost of the first tee, the club’s trophy cabinets, the clubhouse lounge chairs, patio furniture and parasols.
Over the past three years, the fund has been built up sufficiently to finance the cost of building a new feature bridge on the 18th fairway.
Once Terry had the idea of constructing a bridge, he invited honorary member Len Adams to be project manager. Local architect Roger Peyton drafted a design which was then presented by Terry and Len to Haverhill’s main committee for approval.
Work began in August and a number of volunteers including John Goddard, together with the club's green staff, headed by Glenn Norris, assisted local building contractor Bob Campbell and his workforce.
Haverhill member Paul Loomes completed the finishing touches by giving up his time free of charge to block pave the pathway over the bridge.
The bridge was built using materials in a style which perfectly complements the surroundings. Together with the pond and weirs that it spans, the bridge makes a wonderful feature on the 18th hole, before golfers retire to the clubhouse after their round.
On behalf of the committee, club manager Karen Wilby would like to thank Terry, Len, Glenn and everyone who has been involved with this particular project for their valuable contribution to the golf club, which will be appreciated by all.
The bridge was officially opened on Tuesday, December 18, and to mark the occasion a celebratory glass of bubbly was enjoyed by all those who attended.
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