The Black Sheep Blog

Passage to Paradise: Win a Stay at The Abaco Club

It’s winter – and if you’re anything like us, you find yourself daydreaming about warm sunshine, sandy beaches, hammocks wrapped around palm trees, and endless blue island waters. In fact, you may find yourself coveting that even more than a solid links golf holiday (as sacrilegious as that may sound). Well, at Mach Dunes’ sister club […]

2017: A Year in Pictures

Mrs. Freeman will justifiably tell you that I spend way too much time messing around on social media, but my endless bombardment of Instagram with photographs of Machrihanish Dunes does provide a handy archive of inspiring images. Just in case you have been doing something more worthwhile with your time this year and have therefore […]

The Science of Frost: It May be Rare, but We’re Always Ready

It seems like one of nature’s sick winter jokes that frost closures coincide with calm, sunny days. Of course, this causes frustration amongst golfers who may have been starved of decent playing weather for weeks. This frustration is only exacerbated by the lack of information emanating from greenkeepers who obviously know why they are shutting […]

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Playing in the Sand and Getting Soaked on a Daily Basis The rain that I moaned about in last month’s report carried right on into November without a second thought for the spirits of Machrihanish Dunes’ greenkeeping squad, but we chose to rise above it and carry on. We have overhauled a few more bunkers […]

Goodbye, October – You Won’t Be Missed!

I know it’s not like me, but I really haven’t got too much to say about October. I’m sure most of you who suffered through it with me would agree that the less we say about it, the better! It was the wettest and dullest month in recent memory, and probably the only positive we […]