Borrow pit transformation aids wildlife

Royal Dornoch Golf Club


Written by: scott aitchison

Our borrow pit success was admittedly by pure luck. When we were extending our second course, The Struie, we needed extra material for sand capping. We found a good seam of sand next to what would become our new 14th green so we excavated knowing that the low lying Struie would fill with ground water and become a new natural water feature.

Now, rather than just an area of rough grass it is home to a diverse and thriving community of wildlife ranging from waterlilies, bulrushes, cattail, heron, moorhen, dragon fly, frogs, newts and insects. What was supposed to be just a water feature for the golf course turned out to be a valuable home for local wildlife.

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