Tuesday 12th February 2013


96 mm of rain fell in January (more than twice the average rainfall for this month) with rain falling on 21 days which meant the inconvenience of the water table being higher than normal causing certain holes on all 3 courses to be unplayable at times resulting in them being closed or shortened in length. It also meant that bunkers were flooded and travelling around the courses for the greenstaff was very awkward. Temperatures were average but there was a lack of sunlight due to all the rain which isn’t good for the metabolism of the grass plant.


Water removal and the continuation of the Winter Works Programs were the main focus of work through January.


The greens and approaches were slit tined early in the month with the greens being verti-drained with 8mm tines and top-dressed during the last week. Greens were cut twice and rolled once. Sulphate of Iron was applied to greens, approaches and surrounds to keep the grass leaf hard and to control any small patches of moss.

Winter Works

·        Extension of top tee at 1st hole completed, preparation work in surrounding area continuing

·        Preparation work on Island and 2 of the 3 bridges raised to help alleviate future flooding

·        Installation of rubber mats and surrounding turf on 8th walkway completed

·        Bunker at LHS 5th fairway revetted with rear and run-in being raised slightly to allow more sand to be put in bunker to prevent standing water

Other work

·        Pumping flood water from affected areas

·        Verti-draining wet/flood affected areas

·        Front half of 10th green mini tined to remove silt from flooding

·        Bunker floors loosened

Environmental Work

·        Gorse cutting at 1st, 8th, 9th and 12th holes

·        Eight leaning trees removed from LHS 9th hole


The emphasis on the Burnside during January was to remove the flood water, debris and silt left on the back of the Barry bursting its banks in late December through pumping and squeegee-ing water and shovelling large areas of silt from the 3rd/4th fairways. These areas were then verti-drained to assist in the drying out of the surface and soil profile.

Winter Works

·        Bunker revetment either completed or commenced at LHS 7th green, 12th green (2), 15th fairway (3) and LHS 18th green (2)

·        Ground raised in front of newly raised bridge in front of 3rd tee

Other work

·        2nd & 3rd greens/approaches mini cored and top dressed

·        All greens pencil tined (6mm solid tines) and rolled behind

·        Fairways slit tined

·        Winter tee mats washed

·        New turf on 6th and 11th tees tip dressed

Environmental Work

·        Dead trees removed from RHS 5th hole


The Buddon greens were Star tined (8mm) and rolled and were cut twice during January. Verti-draining continued on fairways, walkways and on the practice ground and the bunker floors were loosened as required.

Winter Works

·        Adjustments and turfing on and around the left and rear of 4th green were almost completed

·        New back tee at 13th was shaped up

·        Revetting alongside path at 3rd tee


Craig Boath, Stephen Mitchell, Gavin Lowe and I attended BIGGA’s Turf Management Exhibition in Harrogate where we attended workshops and seminars as well as finding out the latest developments on products and machinery used in the Greenkeeping industry.

Retired Links Superintendent John Philp paid a visit to the sheds one morning to deliver a presentation on the History of the Open Championship and the modern day guidelines for preparing a course for the Open to the staff.



Eric Watson, our Maintenance Engineer of 25 years, announced that he will be retiring on 31st May. Along with advice from Eric we are in the process of advertising for the position with the intention of having someone in place shortly before 31st May so that Eric can assist his replacement to become familiarised with the operations of the Workshop and Golf Courses.

Sandy Reid

Links Superintendent

4th February 2013