As the Season is now in full swing here at Dunstanburgh we are really trying to exceed last year, and the increased course budget along with an extra member of staff makes us feel as a team that the course is on the up. We are a typical links golf course and we like letting our greens dry right out, with very little fertiliser too in order to keep things lean and fast when possible. July and August are great months to be a greenkeeper as you see your course start to fulfil its true potential, and you see how the endless winter hours tining fairways and renovating walkways come to life. Down here at Dunstanburgh it is no different as the rough starts to define every hole and things then start to cook nicely in the sun leaving islands of green as a true links should look.
Throughout the summer Dunstanburgh becomes extremely busy with members and visiting parties booked every day, so our job is to try and keep the course flowing its best without disrupting play. The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur for me and the lads, as we’ve had a competition every week (such as the Club Championship and Invitation Day), but the course has coped really well with the amount of play it has had over the last month.
This week we gear up for the ever growing “Three Castles” competition. The course is playing fantastic and greens are daily stimping in the low 10’s and being maintained at a height of 5mm (slightly higher than normal to help protect the grass from the drought period we are going through at the moment).
If you've played recently you will have noticed the rough is difficult to say the least. Due to our relationship with the National Trust and its policy of rough management it is important we work alongside them and assist when we can in helping thin the rough and rank areas on the course to not only make them playable but to also encourage the wild flora and wildlife on the Links.
Well that’s it for this time, I hope over the next few editions we can start and help you develop an understanding of the job as a greenkeeper and our job in managing the Links of Dunstanburgh.
Thanks for reading!
Stuart Imeson – Head Greenkeeper