A storm washes away golfer’s access to the golf course

Highlands Golf Club, Mittagong NSW
Mittagong is a popular tourist town in the NSW Southern Highlands region, about 2 hour’s drive from Sydney. The Highlands Golf Club is considered one of the town’s top recreational attractions for both locals and visitors.

The Damage

The Damage

In June 2016, a severe storm washed away a key access bridge on the Club’s property.

Because of the missing bridge, Club patrons were unable to use the golf buggies and had to walk out on the highway to reach the first hole. Not only was this inconvenient, especially for older golfers, but the Club was concerned for patrons’ safety.

To avoid a major loss in business, the Club Owners were eager to have the repairs completed as quicky as possible.

The Challenges

A false start

When the insurance claim was first processed and a builder was assigned to the job, the original building company turned out to be unreliable. Although the excavation works had commenced, the site was left incomplete until January 2017.

The Advanced Buildings team had to pick up and continue works from where the previous company had left off.

A large crane was needed to position the bridge

The team used a large, 150 tonne crane to lift the two sections of the bridge over the river and into place. Part of the site was excavated to position the crane close to the bridge. The Advanced Buildings team put in a 15-hour day to ensure the bridge was positioned correctly.

A tight deadline

Summer is one of the busiest times of year at the Club. There was also another important deadline. It was crucial that the course was open by February 2, in time for the Club’s “Summer Week of Golf” tournament. Bridge access to the golf course was essential for the event. The aim was to have the bridge completed by the beginning of February. The Advanced Buildings team were on-site on January 9.

At 6pm on February 6th – the day before the start of the golf tournament – Matt and the team successfully completed the job.

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