Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course Update – July, 2014

Our monthly golf course update from our Head Greenkeeper, Simon Freeman:

I have always found it tough to write reviews during the middle of the growing season – after all, who wants to read about us cutting grass! As you know if you’ve been out playing the Dunes recently, this June hasn’t all been about mowing.  Thanks to the recent superb spell of weather, there hasn’t really been much green grass to cut at all. While a prolonged dry spell causes all kinds of headaches for us greenkeepers, it does make it easier to keep green speeds reasonable and control the growth on the fairways, which makes the course far more fun for everybody to play on…which is of course what the game of golf is all about!

The greens at the Dunes have filled in nicely over the last month, and we managed to present a decent surface for the competitors playing in the Scottish Boys Team Championship, which we hosted on June 8th. The event was very successful, and we look forward to hosting more of these prestigious tournaments in the years to come.

Boys Team Winners Campbeltown Open
         Scottish Boys Team Championship Winners                      The Campbeltown Open at Mach Dunes GC

Our own Campbeltown Open and Club Championship were contested this past weekend, and we hope that everyone who played in these competitions enjoyed the challenge that we set up for you.

Once we get past the end of this month and into the proper growing season, we will be looking to start overseeding some bentgrass into our greens and also to seed out our new turf nursery, which we have recently constructed near the golf house. We will be attempting to grow some greens quality turf, some tee turf and also experiment with some trial plots, which will be clearly defined and marked. If you are interested in this development and you happen to spot us at the resort, please feel free to come and ask for a guided tour of this new feature.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible out on the golf course during July.  Hopefully the weather will be as kind as it has been during June. 


Simon Freeman
Head Greenkeeper