Saturday morning set up

Greens staff are now back on summer hours, with the full team in every Saturday. As Saturday is the members main competition day it is our most important day for course set up, both courses holes are changed and tees serviced.

Dunluce greens are pedestrian cut and rolled with the 1st tee also pedestrian cut. 

Tunnel ends taking shape

Royal Portrush Putting Green Back in Play.

Today we re-opened the Dunluce putting green for play. The green has remained closed since the turf was used to create the new Dunluce 8th green.

The green was then reinstated using hollow cores from the Dunluce course and fescue seed. The green has been grown in since last May but for a fescue links green this is still a relatively short time and the green may take another season to mature fully. 

Over-seeding and topderssing will continue this season to ensure that the green is fully matured for the Boys Open Championship in 2018. 

Tunnel ends 

The tunnel is nearing completion, with end caps being installed today. The end pieces will block the tunnel end but also act as a rain shelter. They will then be faced off with railway sleepers to blend with the others on the course.

Mowing heights

Greens have wintered reasonably well and as the fescue begins to come out of dormancy and growth becomes more apparent we begin to reduce the heights of cut.

Heights of cut were reduced from 6mm to 5.5mm 2 weeks ago and stimp readings are currently 9′. As Met office are forecasting day time temperatures of 5 degrees Celsius for next week we may hold off reducing heights further until the end of the week but green speeds of 9′ 6″ can be achieved with a little rolling.