We are delighted to announce that the work to safeguard Hawksworth Island, on which is situated the second green, third hole and fourth tee, has now been completed thereby protecting it for generations to come.
For many years the club has been concerned about the erosion of the island which has become even more rapid with global warming causing extreme weather and higher river levels. There was a worry that if left unchecked, the island could have been lost altogether destroying one of the unique features of Ilkley Golf Club. Indeed the third hole has been lauded by many golf writers, professionals and players with the great Henry Cotton saying it was one of his favourite par three’s.
As you will appreciate it has been a mammoth task, which started over two years ago as we sought permission from various authorities and organisations, including the Environment Agency, Middleton Anglers and our tenant farmer.
Our thanks go to the members of the committee and green staff who have been heavily involved over the course of the two year project, which was led from the beginning by Brian Soppitt. A big thanks also goes to club member, John Ogden, for his contribution of the ‘Rock Armour’ from his quarry.
We were extremely lucky with the weather and the river levels remained relatively low during the work, which was undertaken by Whitelocks. As the following video shows (click this link), they had to move the rock armour from one side of the river and put the huge rocks, weighing from one to three tonnes each, neatly in place on the banks of the island.
When you see the final result we are sure you will agree they have done a wonderful job and created another fantastic feature for Ilkley Golf Club.