The following article regarding the Dunstable Downs use of GripClad appeared on page 12 of the November issue of the Greenkeeping magazine. See/click link www.greenkeepingeu.com/magazines/GK_Nov-17 for the full article.
Dunstable Downs Golf Club is a James Braid design set in a stunning location on top of the Downs with widespread views over the Chilterns. On many of the tees and a number of greens, railway sleepers have been used as steps. Whilst adding to the links feel of some of the holes and blending naturally into the environment, they can present a potential slip hazard in winter weather, particularly with the recent advent of soft-spikes and moulded soles.
Following the success of an initial trial with Gripclad non-slip treads the club is now proceeding with a programme to fit the treads to all remaining steps.
George Little, Head Greenkeeper said ”previously we would sand the steps every winter which was labour intensive, looked untidy , brought sand onto the greens and was not particularly successful. These treads come cut to size, are easy to fix and should be maintenance-free and the time spent applying sand can be more usefully employed on the course. Also the treads and can be taken up and re-used whenever we need to replace worn steps”.