Course work & Over-seeding

Greenkeepers have been working hard this winter  building new bunkers, removing bushes, aerating surfaces, turfing and assisting in the construction works.

More recently the Dunluce greens have been over-seeded.
 The greens were tined with a 10mm diameter tine to a depth of 10mm. Seed was then broadcast, greens were dressed and brushed in using an AstroTurf mat. We applied 40 tons of sand to the Dunluce greens which will again improve surface firmness and lower moisture content favouring the fescue sward.

The idea was to get this work done a little earlier than normal. This will mean that the greens will be is good condition for the start of the season as members and guests will be playing some temporary greens for the next number of weeks.

Construction progress

   
The new Dunluce 8th with rootzone spread, spreading of hollow cores and seeding next!

  New bunker on the current Dunluce 10th hole   
Excavation works for the new Greenkeepers facility. There have been 20,000 tons of sand moved to create space for the new sheds and a large dune created to screen the building from the course.

  

The pond to the far left of Dunluce 12th is brimming with frog spawn. This is a popular area for meeting birds and also great crested newts.

Construction progress

 
New championship tee for the Dunluce Open 18th hole  
  The new recreated “big Nellie” bunker on the new Dunluce par 5 7th
 
  
Some of the rough translocation material being moved into place. The new bunker in the images above have been created using this method and it looks as if it has been there for years, really incredible to see this work done so neatly with an excavator.

Spotted this today and made me laugh!

Golf Poem  

In My Hand I Hold A Ball,

White And Dimpled, And Rather Small.

Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,

This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.

 

By Its Size I Could Not Guess

The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.

But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,

I’ve Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.

 

My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same

Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.

It Rules My Mind For Hours On End;

A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.

 

It Has Made Me Curse And Made Me Cry,

And Hate Myself And Want To Die.

It Promises Me A Thing Called Par, 

If I Hit It Straight And Far.

 

To Master Such A Tiny Ball,

Should Not Be Very Hard At All.

But My Desires The Ball Refuses,

And Does Exactly As It Chooses.

 

It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,

And Disappears Before My Eyes.

Often It Will Have A Whim,

To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.

 

With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,

It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.

Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,

If Only It Would Find The Hole.

 

It’s Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,

And Swear That I Will Give It Up.

And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,

But The Ball Knows … I’ll Be Back Tomorrow.

 

Stand proud you noble swingers of clubs

And losers of balls!

 

A recent study found that the average golfer

Walks about 900 miles a year.

 

Another study found that golfers drink, on

Average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.

 

This means that, on average, golfers get about 

41 miles to the gallon!

 

Kind of makes you proud. Almost makes you

Feel like a hybrid……..

Sea Buckthorn removal

Sea Buckthorn removal has now ceased as bird nesting season begins. We have removed lots of areas and also some Rosa rugosa which will be planted with marram grass over the coming weeks. The area in the image below is right of the Dunluce 5th green. Approaching the green this has really improved the view across to the cliffs and Dunluce Castle. The bottom image shows the current 7th Green which will be mounded and planted with marram grass.

Marcus has done a great job with the machine and our divotting team have done the clean up work. We will now sprig marram in large areas and other areas near play will be slabbed with rough turf.