After a remarkably dry summer with less than 3 inches of rain in over 5 months, Dunluce has recovered with very little damage to turf. Localised areas on fairways around bunkers have required over-seeding and some bunker edges require re-turfing work in the winter.
Colour returned to the turf and rates of growth increased considerably within a few days of natural rainfall and for players the course naturally slowed down.
We were mowing greens and removing 3 times the volume of grass within a week of the rainfall returning.
Lee, happy at his work enjoying the physical aspect of bunker maintenance
The red arrows returned again at the start of September for Portrush Airwaves air show. Strange to see the red arrows and the hurricane from your golf course.
We have finally added the new Senior bronzes to the Dunluce Links with holes 7 & 9 being left off as we plan to add forward tees this winter to shorten the carry.
Some quick germination of seed on the Valley 15th green with tufts of new grass appearing after only 10 days.
This picture shows drought damage, and the subsequent overseeding which was carried out on a mound on the Valley 4th hole.
This picture is the 1st tee complex on Dunluce where you can see some drought damage still remains but with a little seed this area will be turned around in the next 2 weeks.
Course setup this morning
After such a busy season some pathways have begun to show signs of wear and this picture shows the benefits of overseeding. Paths have all been fertilised now and will be protected using rope and posts from October.
September is a great time of year for some stunning sunrises and sunsets but the mobile phone just doesn’t do it justice..
As the season is coming to as end our focus must be to protect the links as best we can, rope and posts will be used throughout the links to guide golfers and also greens staff and prevent wear in key areas. This may also be done to encourage thickening or weak rough areas.
The tunnel will be opened and we will add the housing and ducting for the bunker cameras from early November
The R&A will start the infrastructure build from the 1st April, so not long…I must say its getting quite exciting now!