20 weeks to go!

With only 20 weeks until the first day of the Open Championship it feels like spring is here. We are definitely not packing away the winter woollies just yet though..

Having said that we are priming the irrigation system again this week and Chris & Ben are ensuring all of the air is out of the pipe work before the system can be fully pressurised.

With the sun shining and the evenings becoming longer, the turf looks as it does mid summer. Light dustings of sand have been applied to greens, surrounds and tees for the last month or so.

Removal of excessive sand in bunkers has been carried out this week with holes 1-14 almost complete. It was felt that bunkers were a little shallow and the indigenous sand can be moved around by wind and become a little soft.

Bella’s first week at work, enjoying lunch times!

Open short game area bunkers requiring a little reparation.

A day of staff training for all of the full-time green staff last Thursday saw us work through all of our machinery during an on-site training day.

Time is now being allocated to the Valley links and Conchobhar, Andy and Gary have been doing a great job of re-building some of the bunkers

Stuart McKee assisting in clearing contractors cable reels as construction work nears an end.