Great to see such diverse plant species in the roughs at Royal Portrush

  

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Captains Day

After a successful Rathmore captains day last weekend we are preparing for Royal Portrush captains day this coming Saturday. Greens are rolling true and stimping at 9 feet 8″ (10.5 feet after rolling). Top dressing carried out today, final tweaks now for the weekend! 

     

Dunluce greens over-seeding operation

Greens on the Dunluce course have received verti-cutting followed by over-seeding and top-dressing. This has removed a large amount of material, predominantly the lateral growth of bent grass and the benefits can be seen in surface smoothness once the work is completed. Over-seeding has been done by our dimple seeder which is a spiked roller which pricks the surface and then drops seed into the holes. Any excess will germinate in grooves made by the verti-cutting. The seed used is Browntop Bent which will give us a better blend of fescue and fine leafed bent grass.  

Valley greens will receive the same operation next week.

   

Golf course Roughs ecology

The roughs at Royal Portrush are particularly attractive at this time of year with wild flowers throughout the links. This is of great benefit to all sorts of invertibrates such as caterpillars, butterflies and bees. These invertibrates are then a benefit to all of the different types of birds also seen on the links. 

The open sand areas created are beginning to be populated by birds foot trefoil and sand sedge, these areas are great habitat for bees.