The contractors have been working hard this week lifting our existing 3rd green. The clay layer present in this green prevented drainage and our ability to grow the quality turf which is seen on all other Royal Portrush greens. The site will be back filled with clean sand before rootzone mix is spread at a depth of 200mm.
Rough management work is being carried out on the Dunluce course this week with the spring tine Harrow being used to rake up vegetation before cutting and collecting with scarifying blades fitted to the mower, this will weaken coarse undesirable grasses and also firm up surfaces for the coming season making immediate roughs more playable.
Dunluce 3rd hole reconstruction got underway today with the putting surface lifted before an excavator will remove rootzone. The undesirable material will then be removed and replaced.
The tees will also be reconstructed, lowering the front half of the main tee to split up the large teeing ground making the carry to the green visible and give the hole some depth from the tee. Gravel pathways will be removed and replaced with irrigated grass paths improving general appearance and presentation.
After successfully aerating the greens to 200mm in November using non disruptive 8mm tines this work is being done for a second time. This will encourage downward movement of water, allow air to move through the rootzone, encourage good root development in the spring.
As growth can be slow to arrive in spring it is vital that we continue through the winter with healthy disease free turf.