Another busy week on the links.

Brian and Conchobhar agree on a job well done at greenside bunker on Dunluce 15th with Mark and Karl hand mowing greens 11 & 15.

The sand will be splashed further up the edges to finish. 

See their work from start to finish below.

1st Golf have been busy broadening out the mounding surrounding the new 7th green to accommodate additional spectators as this will be a fantastic viewing area to see shots into the green.

The tunnel nearing completion!

Trevor has done a super job on the terraspike matchine this winter, tining all greens twice, all tees, paths and Dunluce fairways.

Members Course Information

Links Update

March 2017


  • Resting of greens 2, 3, 4 & 8 has had an extremely positive effect on the turf and recovery of wear and also graminicide applications late last year.

We expect to open these greens again in early April.

Additional seeding is expected to take place later this month if the weather is favourable.

Thank you for your patience.


  • Construction work is drawing to an end on the links with only paths and haul routes to complete and reinstate.

Some ground works shall take place surrounding the old green keepers sheds which will not affect play but this may be visible from the clubhouse for approximately 2 weeks.


  • Tees have been levelled and re-turfed on holes 5, 6, 7, 9, 14.

This work is a subtle improvement but we felt it better to do this now to allow time to establish well before the Open Championship. We had hoped to re-lay the 11th tee also but this will be added to next year’s winter programme. The 5th tee was the last to be completed so it is expected that this will remain out of play until Easter weekend.

Course & Construction Update

The greenkeeping team moved into the new facilities last week and were today joined by Darren Clarke, Stephen Watson of the BBC and some of the key people involved in the construction.

Some great work has been carried out over the last 2 weeks.

Dunluce links has seen the last of the members tees levelled and re-turfed which brings us to a total of 8 tees plus additional winter tees throughout the 2 courses.

The team have done a super job!

Bushes have been removed throughout the links using a 5 ton digger and cleared areas have been sprigged with marram grass by our divotting team.

Due to the Course changes new yardage and information posts were required for both courses and also new directional signage. Arnold Shaw, one of our Greenkeepers has taken on all of the construction of bins, signs and tee posts. He has a purpose built workshop in the new sheds to carry out his work.

Our new grinders were installed this week with our own mechanic Stephen Walker and Scott Purdy of Bernhards grinders. We have a dedicated grinding facility which will keep noise to a minimum.

Construction of new spectator walkways has continued along with reinstatement of haul routes. The pathways constructed, once finished are subtle and very well hidden.

All greens were aerated to a depth of 200mm in December using a 12mm diameter tine. This has been carried out again on the Dunluce greens but this time with a smaller 8mm diameter tine. Greens were then ironed and are very true for the time of year.

Dunluce greens 2 & 8 have been tined to a depth of 200mm with a 16mm diameter solid tine and holes sand filled. It is a tedious job for the greens staff but the benefit will be seen this spring/summer

New fairways will be sprayed with rescue graminicide tomorrow to remove any rye grass present. In the coming weeks the fairways will then be solid tined, seeded and topdressed.

Exploratory well drilling

If you have played the Valley course over the last 2 days then you may well have seen this drilling rig near the driving range or the Valley 4th.

We are in the process of drilling exploratory wells.

Our water supply for the existing irrigation system is taken from shallow underground aquifers which are utilised by a series of shallow wells which pump water into the holding tank to the right of Valley 2nd.

Ongoing Valley work

Another very productive week from the team with bushes removed, areas sand capped and sprigged with marram grass.

The Valley 13th men’s medal tee has been lifted, rotovated and screeded level ready for turf on Monday. This work has given us a much larger usable area which should make it easier to spread wear around the tee.

Course Update

Greens are wintering well although the last 2 weeks of wind have tested the turf. The easterly winds bring cool temperatures and low wind chill. The greens and turf in general thinned last march due to this easterly wind. This year we applied a low nitrogen application of organic fertiliser to the greens in early january which has had a positive effect.

As we would tend to be one of the last courses to get any spring growth we have adjusted our seed mixes for this year. All species and cultivars have varying qualities which means that bespoke seed mixes can be obtained to suit our site.

Some of the new greens will continue to be rested through February and March in order to start the season well. These greens had very little time to establish before opening last spring and although they performed relatively well during the season they were tired by autumn.

Mounding to the right of Dunluce 7th will be extended slightly to wrap around the 8th tee which should be completed this week along with the fairway turfing work. The area of rough just before the mounding is of poor quality and will be stripped with some sand added to remove a sharp (man made) banking. This small area will be completed by our own course staff.

The area of lowered mounding to the left of Dunluce 13th is almost at its finished level and some marram sprigging will be carried out to complete the area although there will be some bare sand visible from the tee.

The new Greenkeepers facility is almost complete with the last of the tarmac to go down tomorrow and the Waste2water recycling plant commissioned tomorrow. We should be in our new home by the end of next week.