Now that the weather is finally improving and temperatures have reached double figures it seems as though spring is here. Over the course of this week and some of last week, we have completed our greens over-seeding, and also some tees and grass paths. The new Valley 15th green is on course to open at the end of the month, and at last there is some growth.
Germination should be relatively quick now, and with rain forecast for next week, this will be of benefit to the seed if nothing else.
I would like to say that I am proud of the team for all of the good work completed over what has been a difficult winter in terms of weather, but also workload. We set ourselves a very busy winter schedule with lots of turfing work, bunker re-builds which is all heavy work. We carried out extensive work managing roughs and also removed more sea buckthorn bushes as part of our ecology plan with the STRI.
Lots of irrigation repairs and alterations have been carried out “in house” which has also been a great effort.
Here are a few pictures of some of the works carried out.
Final brushing of sand during Overseeding work this week
Greens last weekend, still showing good density of fescue despite the difficult winter
Our new trailer designed and built by Stephen Walker
New Valley 15th green after first cut
Digging in the pipe for new borehole on the Valley 2nd
Peterson Drill rig on the Valley
New path added on Valley 3rd and new bench on 3rd tee
Smoothing of new roughs and bunker on Dunluce 7th
New roads, ducting and some of the irrigation pipes encountered throughout the courses.
Here are a series of pictures showing some of the great levelling work done on tees this winter. I do like this one!