Rescue treatment on the Valley links is now taking effect with rye grass beginning to die off.
Fairways and green surrounds have been sprayed on all of the new holes including Dunluce new 7th & 8th followed by solid tining to create holes allowing for successful over-seeding work.
The benefit of this work will be removal of coarse rye grass and more consistent surfaces. This should be achieved within the next 4-6 weeks.
Due to Course changes, the causway Stones have been removed from the Dunluce links and some of the Valley. All stones must be re-engraved to show new hole information. We hope to have these out on the course again in the next 2-3 weeks.
We were working this week on calibration of our new 1750 sprayer. It is very important to calibrate properly to ensure that the correct amount of product is applied to the golf course. Fairways, greens and tees have been sprayed with wetting agent and fertiliser this week to ensure that the turf begins the season with good vigour and consistency
Sand dressings are being carried out over both courses, greens were top dressed last week followed by fairways this week with over 300tons applied to Dunluce and Valley before play from turf is resumed this weekend.
This work will ensure improved firmness during the season.
Soil temperatures have risen over the last week and rootzone is now warm enough to allow germination of seed. New greens were seeded last week along with the new fairways and remaining dunluce greens will be seeded this week.
Our new range netting has been erected this week to prevent loss of balls when we change to improved range titliest balls next week.
Brian and Conchobhar agree on a job well done at greenside bunker on Dunluce 15th with Mark and Karl hand mowing greens 11 & 15.
The sand will be splashed further up the edges to finish.
See their work from start to finish below.
1st Golf have been busy broadening out the mounding surrounding the new 7th green to accommodate additional spectators as this will be a fantastic viewing area to see shots into the green.
The tunnel nearing completion!
Trevor has done a super job on the terraspike machine this winter, tining all greens twice, all tees, paths and Dunluce fairways.
- Resting of greens 2, 3, 4 & 8 has had an extremely positive effect on the turf and recovery of wear and also graminicide applications late last year.
We expect to open these greens again in early April.
Additional seeding is expected to take place later this month if the weather is favourable.
Thank you for your patience.
- Construction work is drawing to an end on the links with only paths and haul routes to complete and reinstate.
Some ground works shall take place surrounding the old green keepers sheds which will not affect play but this may be visible from the clubhouse for approximately 2 weeks.
- Tees have been levelled and re-turfed on holes 5, 6, 7, 9, 14.
This work is a subtle improvement but we felt it better to do this now to allow time to establish well before the Open Championship. We had hoped to re-lay the 11th tee also but this will be added to next year’s winter programme. The 5th tee was the last to be completed so it is expected that this will remain out of play until Easter weekend.
The greenkeeping team moved into the new facilities last week and were today joined by Darren Clarke, Stephen Watson of the BBC and some of the key people involved in the construction.
Some great work has been carried out over the last 2 weeks.
Dunluce links has seen the last of the members tees levelled and re-turfed which brings us to a total of 8 tees plus additional winter tees throughout the 2 courses.
The team have done a super job!
Bushes have been removed throughout the links using a 5 ton digger and cleared areas have been sprigged with marram grass by our divotting team.
Due to the Course changes new yardage and information posts were required for both courses and also new directional signage. Arnold Shaw, one of our Greenkeepers has taken on all of the construction of bins, signs and tee posts. He has a purpose built workshop in the new sheds to carry out his work.
Our new grinders were installed this week with our own mechanic Stephen Walker and Scott Purdy of Bernhards grinders. We have a dedicated grinding facility which will keep noise to a minimum.
Construction of new spectator walkways has continued along with reinstatement of haul routes. The pathways constructed, once finished are subtle and very well hidden.
All greens were aerated to a depth of 200mm in December using a 12mm diameter tine. This has been carried out again on the Dunluce greens but this time with a smaller 8mm diameter tine. Greens were then ironed and are very true for the time of year.
Dunluce greens 2 & 8 have been tined to a depth of 200mm with a 16mm diameter solid tine and holes sand filled. It is a tedious job for the greens staff but the benefit will be seen this spring/summer
New fairways will be sprayed with rescue graminicide tomorrow to remove any rye grass present. In the coming weeks the fairways will then be solid tined, seeded and topdressed.
If you have played the Valley course over the last 2 days then you may well have seen this drilling rig near the driving range or the Valley 4th.
We are in the process of drilling exploratory wells.
Our water supply for the existing irrigation system is taken from shallow underground aquifers which are utilised by a series of shallow wells which pump water into the holding tank to the right of Valley 2nd.