Lots happening on the course this week

This week, aside from Open week on the Valley Links, another busy week on Dunluce and preparations for Lady Captains day on the Valley, we have been putting the finishing touches to the 2 new holes for Dunluce in advance of opening next weekend.

Representatives from the R&A and STRI have been walking Dunluce for the last 2 days assessing course setup for the 2019 Open Championship. 

The aim of the visit was to view progress and establishment of the Course changes and also to view all playing surfaces and cutting detail from a Championship perspective. The visit was very positive,  with very little to change from a maintenance perspective and credit was given to all of the greens staff for their hard work through the construction and grow in period.

PRH, who recently constructed the new greenkeeping facilities have been working hard on renovating the 9th hut (halfway house). With a very tight deadline of next weekend they are making good progress and have had 5 men on site for the last 2 days to ensure completion. 

The new bunker to the right of the 7th had its final prep before opening next week. Slightly smaller than “Nellie”…Wee Nellie maybe?

Once open, players will notice an area left of the new 8th approach which is surrounded by post and chain. This is an environmentally sensitive area which is one of the rarest in the U.K. and Ireland. lichen, orchids and other wild flowers dominate the impoverished soil and it is important that trollies and carts do not pass enter.

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