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Waitemata Golf Course
At Shade Systems, we’re always keen to take a swing at a new kind of location. When Bruce Ormiston, the Waitemata Golf Course general manager, approached us for options to cover his driving range, we were only too happy to assist him. Located on the eastern side of the course, the range was particularly vulnerable to Auckland’s notoriously bad Easterlies. Thus it was all but useless when the weather was anything less than stellar.
We visited the site and tested wind strengths by observing the effects they had on airborne golf balls. Then Shade Systems presented Mr Ormiston with our designs for a fabric canopy with a steel frame. Not only was the design completely waterproof, but the fabric allowed a lot of light (while maintaining a UV block of 100%) through. Therefore, the area beneath it would never feel dark or cold. The front of the canopy needed to rise high enough so as to not impede the swing of a club, while the back was low enough to protect range users from easterly wind and rain.
Maximum protection from the easterly weather
After a few hiccups involving the various consents required (which seem to have become par for the course), construction got underway. The structure was completed shortly afterwards. Angled to provide maximum protection from the easterly weather, the canopy looks great! Club members have already found the advantages of it, not only in winter but also hotter months.
As one member of the public was heard to say, “I bet that canopy is making golf course owners all over Auckland go green with envy.”