147th Open at Carnoustie

What a brilliant week at Carnoustie Golf Links for this years Open Championship.

After unprecedented drought conditions, the Links was a dry as any of the greens staff could remember and although this meant that there was very little mowing to be done, this creates its own challenges in achieving consistent playing surfaces. This was done brilliantly by the team at Carnoustie.

Once play finishes today, the countdown begins for the 148th Open at Royal Portrush.

Aaron Bell volunteered to assist the greens staff for the week in mowing tees and surrounds amongst other tasks. This is the 3rd Open Championship in which we have sent our own greenkeepers to assist, which has been great experience for our own staff.

This years Open venues volunteers

I attended the build up from Sunday through Wednesday for both morning and evening set up which was great to see. Sandy Reid, Craig Boath and their team were very accommodating and generous in their time which was really beneficial to us for next years Championship.

North of Ireland Championship

Another fine week of weather for the North of Ireland Championship the competitors were lucky enough to play in benign conditions.

The course is as firm as most can remember yet we have been able to use just enough water to keep the turf alive.

2 weeks ago we began lightly watering landing areas morning and evening to aid germination of divots as this is the down side to these drought conditions.

Greens were rolling at 10′ 2″ at the beginning of the week increasing to 10′ 6″ by the final day on Friday.

Paul, waiting for the hole paint to dry a little before the next coat.

Valley 4th on Qualifying days

Graeme gave up some of his down time for a photo shoot on Wednesday

1st tee looking a little parched

Dunluce 4th green on Monday

Gary taking care of Dunluce approaches

Ben keeping a close eye on dry areas on Dunluce