Poland’s first ecological golf course to tee off near Poznań
A golf course development company is looking to take ecology to a whole new level with a fully water-independent golf course.
To eliminate the huge amount of water consumption courses suck up every day for irrigation, Black Water Links from Tarnowo Podgórne is aiming to set up a new 18-hole course near Poznań using only reclaimed water from a nearby sewage treatment plant.
The innovative irrigation system will see dedicated reservoirs store hectolitres of water for proper irrigation, allowing the links to leave the nearby water bodies as well as groundwater completely unaffected.
Black Water CEO Andrzej Wentland said: "At the moment, we are focused on land development and irrigation, the foundation of any golf course and its most important aspect.
“What is interesting is that we are only going to be using reclaimed water from a nearby sewage treatment plant, in turn, leaving the nearby water bodies as well as groundwater unaffected."
The system has been designed by Danish architect Caspar Grauballe, a member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects and a Harvard graduate in the subject of landscape architecture.
He is well-known in the industry and is responsible for over a 50 impressive golf course projects (including Donald J. Trump’s breath-taking links in Aberdeen, Scotland).
Whilst the construction of the main golf course is in progress, Black Water Links also has a small training centre in Poznań called Black Water Labs which offers an advanced golf simulator allowing players to practice their skills and technique before the “real-deal”.
Construction of the 18-hole golf course will be spread across nearly 7,000 acres at a cost of PLN 20 mln (EUR 4.43 mln) and is expected to be completed by 2022.