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For Italian contractor, this was no big paving project but a challenging one becuase the pathways were narrow, twisting and undulatingFor Italian contractor, this was no big paving project but a challenging one because the pathways were narrow, twisting and undulating




Challenge of blending golf course path into native countryside

Italian paving contractor SIES routinely takes on street and road work that involves thousands of tonnes of asphalt. But the challenges were quite different during the paving of a cart and service path at Tuscany’s first world-class golf course.

The path for the 18 hole championship course needed to blend perfectly with the Tuscan countryside. This led the course developer to specify a surface course that included native aggregate. It was combined with a resin that made the path look as if it was simply cut out of the hills.

“We had to achieve a natural, environmentally pleasing look,” said Claudio Sanchi, operator of the paver. “The result is a pale ochre, which resembles the clay earth that has formed great gashes in the countryside.”

There is another environmental element to the Tuscan countryside: hills.“It was a job that required going up and down many hills during the paving process,” Sanchi said.

Prestigious site

Cat AP300 paver proved to have the right pavining width, the producitivy and the maneouvrability to cope with the many twists and turns.Designed by world-renowned golfer and British Open winner, Tom Weiskopf, the Drago Golf Club rests within one of Italy’s largest contiguous estates, the Castiglion del Bosco.

Cat AP300 paver proved to have the right paving width, the productivity and the manoeuvrability to cope with the many twists and turns.

It is located 97km (60 miles) south of Florence, and 201 km (125 miles) north of Rome, in the province of Siena. The vast estate spans nearly 10 km (6 miles), comprising nearly 1,821 hectares (4,500 acres) of protected nature preserve.

The golf club was the vision of Massimo Ferragamo and Fred Green. It covers an area of 10,000 m² (11,960 yd²). A provincial dirt road separates it from a handful of original landowners’ villas perched atop hills.

SIES, an Italian contractor headquartered in Siena, was chosen to handle the work at the prestigious course. Specifically, the contract covered paving of the golf cart path that winds through the hilly course. The path covers a length of 10 km (6 miles) at a width of 2.4 m (7’ 10”).

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