Billingham Golf Club has anti-slip treads to keep golfers safe

By Alistair January 12, 2022 10:16 Updated

Billingham Golf Club is a picturesque parkland course set in over 160 acres in the north-east of England offering great access from the adjacent A19 and nearby A1. The course was originally designed and built in the 1960s with a signature hole playing across a pond, some undulating hills with varying ground levels; a wide variety of mature trees and wildlife all help to make Billingham a popular golfing destination.

“Because of the lay of the land steps for us are used to access the majority of tee boxes and, like most golf clubs, initially our steps were made up of recycled railway sleepers because of their hard wearing and longevity properties offered. But with no additional safety measures until more recent times we had to source something to help prevent slips. Here at Billingham, health and safety for our members and visitors is paramount and with any surface becoming slippery when wet, particularly wood, we had to look at ways to remove any potential slipping hazards. Over the years the products we have tried and tested haven’t lasted the pace of time and soon required alternative replacements. So, about nine or 10 years ago after some significant research we came across GripClad, which we purchased and tried and found to be the ideal replacement and can honestly say the original ones purchased are still in use today.

“We have found that they can be fitted with success to any surface, even our old sleepers still in use, but as the older ones have rotted away we now replace them with new modern treated sleepers and new GripClad anti-slip treads if required. It won’t be much longer before we have GripClad on all our steps.

“If any organisation who are looking for a great anti-slip system are reading this then look no further and ask for a sample and see for yourself,” said John Dales, head greenkeeper.

For more info contact Barry Eagle on 023 8040 6796 or visit    

By Alistair January 12, 2022 10:16 Updated

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