Flood-hit Newport golf course re-opened

South Wales Argus: Caerleon golf club green keeper Stuart Whittington tries to play a shot on the flooded course (3779470) Caerleon golf club green keeper Stuart Whittington tries to play a shot on the flooded course (3779470)

A NEWPORT golf course is getting back into the swing of things after it was partly submerged following serious flooding.

The lush green appearance of Caerleon's municipal golf course shows no sign of the extreme weather and high spring tides which hit south east Wales earlier in the year, causing the river Usk to burst its banks on multiple occasions right onto the green.

Parts of the course were under three feet of water and takings at the club house were hit too, as the course had to be closed from December to the end of February.

Manager Lee Fox, who has been working on the course for the past five years, told the Argus back in February that long-standing members had remarked the flooding had not been so severe since 1997.

But with increasingly warm spring weather throughout March and into April, the water on the course has now completely gone, the grass has been cut and the golfers are back, said Mr Fox.

"We are back up and running," he said. "The greenkeeper is out cutting the grass. March wasn't too bad, it's just getting the golfers back and getting the word out that we are back open and we are ready to go. We reopened on February 21 and the course is pretty much back to normal, all the machines have been serviced and the greenkeeper has been out doing the striping on the grass, it's all systems go."

Gwent escaped the worst of the flooding earlier in the year, but at pressure points such as Tintern in Monmouthshire and Crindau in Newport, Natural Resources Wales had to use water pumps and some residents were evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

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