We have made great strides on the golf course over the last 2 weeks as green staff have worked exceptionally hard on presentation, the construction is coming to an end as the contractors continue with the snagging work and the finer details of the project.
The rise in temperatures has seen new seedlings establish throughout the links. The density of the turf has almost returned to summer playing conditions and greens have refined well over the last week or so. Greens on the Dunluce links are reading at 10 feet with the Stimp meter this morning and heights of cut remain at 5mm.
Seedlings can be seen establishing in every hole made on our Dunluce green surrounds
Chris, our irrigation technician checking his tank
Wild flowers (including common twayblade orchid) are appearing all over the links and also in translocated turf which has been lifted and re-laid.
This supports the clubs reasons for lifting and relaying rough in 8″ thick slabs. Wild flowers and maraam grass returns as the whole profile is undisturbed.
It was a great day out on the links today with course staff making the best of some dry weather.
Dunluce greens have been dusted with sand and greens are now becoming very true and smooth. Stimp meter readings today were 10 feet with cutting heights still at 5mm.
Turfing work has been finished on the Open range tee with over 2000m2 of tee turf laid. Great effort by 1st Golf.
With the new range tee complete work has now started on the new Open short game area. The rough vegetation has been relocated and ground levels raised with native sand before shaping.
1st golf construction have been working hard finishing off the new Open range tee on the Valley 4th hole. The final grades have been achieved using a levelling bar on an excavator with a 360 degree rotating attachment and turf laid straight away.
Amazing to watch.
Things are taking shape on what will be Dunluce 7th and 8th and seedlings are establishing well. Fertiliser will be applied this week and the turf will quickly establish over the next 2-3 weeks.
Root development has improved well over the last few weeks with new holes due to open for play this weekend.
Encouraging signs of growth on the new fairway means that there should be good grass coverage in the coming weeks.
At long last spring has come, with day time and evening temperatures rising 5-6 degrees. Some growth will see fairways recover from recent tining and sanding. Germination of seed should be more evident throughout both courses and also new holes on both courses will progress well now.
Green staff have been battling through a long winter and what has been achieved in spite of the weather is commendable with 22 new bunkers throughout the links and rebuilding or reshaping of almost all other bunkers on the Dunluce course.
The construction includes;
5 new holes plus 2 on the Skerries
7 new greens plus 2 on the Skerries
35 new tees including the new Open range tee
Only 2 gravel paths remain on the Dunluce course after replacing others with irrigated turf.