The Black Sheep Blog

Nature is steering the ship…

…and all we can do is help to keep it afloat. No matter how much we like to think we are in absolute control of what we do on the golf course, we ultimately have no say in how fast it is going to run, whether it is going to be attacked by pests or […]

Fighting With Fairy Rings

Sun, Sun, Sun! I always manage to start monthly updates by talking about the weather, but this time it is well justified because apart from a recent two-day blip, it has been absolutely exceptional recently. The fairways look fantastic when they are burned out and have been freshly polished with the mowers, and they must […]

Black Is The New White

57 golfers made the brave decision to play Machrihanish Dunes from the black tees the first weekend in April. Although the benign conditions helped players to negotiate the extra-long golf course, trying to reach the fairways from the back sticks and then play approach shots to some extremely testing pin positions wore many of the […]

Marching Towards the Playing Season

Sorry, that was a pathetic pun to start a report with! It is pretty indicative of how we greenkeepers feel at this time of year, though. As the occasional burst of spring sunshine reminds us, the steady days of hard manual labour that typify our lives throughout winter construction season is about to give way […]

A Winter’s Tale

 The festive season is but a distant memory now. Here at Machrihanish Dunes we have been blasting on with the projects that we set out in our Winter program. Our priority is always to keep the turf surfaces in optimum condition. It is easy to lose focus on this when the grass stops growing so […]