Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Trolley Damage to Greens

I have tried to keep ropes around the main greens down to a minimum this winter because they are a nuisance to both golfers and greenkeepers but this is the result, golf trolleys pulled over them.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Lansdowne primo maxx application

After a couple of years of convincing i have decided to trial a product called Primo Maxx on the Lansdowne greens. It is a turf growth regulator which reduces top growth of the grass plant. By reducing top growth through the day the green speed should be more consistant for golfers at all times of the day. Not only does Primo MAXX inhibit vertical growth, but actually diverts plant growth downward into the root system to produce increased food reserves and lateral stem development. This in turn produces a thicker, healthier sward that better equips your turf to withstand temperature extremes, moisture loss, traffic and wear and tear, and even helps in the management of Poa annua.


A little wagtail has decided to set up camp behind the exhaust on one of our tractors. One egg so far.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Lansdowne irrigation burst

As some of you will have seen we have had to excavate a trench at the rear of the 6th green on Lansdowne. This is due to a burst irrigation pipe caused by roots growing around and into the pipe itself. The ever growing trees around greens and tees are a big issue with our irrigation as tree roots push, bend and crack pipe as well as dislodging the pipe from its joints. This maybe a problem we come across more often as the pvc pipe that was installed over 30 years ago only has a recomended life span of 20 years and is becoming more brittle year after year meaning the pipe has almost no flex left. This is just another problem with having trees too close to greens and tees and the reason some trees have been taken out over the past few years and highlights the importance of planting trees away from irrigation lines.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Wee Course Winter Work

We have now completed phase 2 of our drainage work at the second hole. This work consists of adding pipe work to the base of the left hand bunker. As it is a very low lying area it becomes very wet and the natural water table is just below the surface, so during periods of heavy rain the bunker becomes unplayable. It also has water draining into it from the pipework from the higher ground all around it. To prevent this from happening we have dug out the base and added a gravel channel to a depth of 7 inches below the level of the pipework and 7 inches above it. We then lifted the bunker base to match up with the top level of the gravel and added a woven hessian sheet across the whole surface of the bunker base to prevent the sand from entering the drainage system. We then raised the bunker face and bunker banks to maintain continuity, its now has been re-turfed. We have introduced a surface drain into the edge of the green on the right hand side in order for us to pull out the drain plug during periods of heavy rain to prevent the green gathering water and maintain play.

Winter Tees

We have built a forward winter tee at the 7th hole and introduced a huxley mat into it to be played on during early winter and early spring when we are playing on full greens. We have built a further winter tee with a huxley mat on the top side of the 7th to be used during winter play.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Heather Regeneration

5th and 8th holes on Rosemount 
Cutting out broom between trees and amongst heather to help heather regeneration and keep young trees healthy.


Thursday, 12 February 2015


As you may have noticed the birch tree has been removed on the 5th fairway on the Rosemount Course. After much deliberation from the greens committee and advice from David Douglas it was decided to be removed because of the tree being in an unhealthy state.
On 21/01/15 the tree was cut down, debris cleaned up and the tree root removed.
When the tree was being cut, it was one of the easiest trees to cut up as the stem was hollow inside and rotten which made removal very easy. The decision to remove it was certainly the correct one, not just as a health and safety issue but it definitely was unsafe as every time we have strong winds there is always broken branches and debris lying in the surrounding area of the tree.
The young tree that was planted a few years ago to replace the removed birch is now growing strong and will be the perfect replacement.