As part of an independent trial run in consultation with the STRI, 40 cultivars from a variety of grass seed companies were sown in summer 2009 to identify the best fescue for the Castle Stuart Golf Links and courses similar to it.
Course manager Chris Haspell has praised Barenbrug’s Hardtop hard fescue and Viktorka slender creeping red fescue for their winter hardiness and quick spring green-up.
"The findings of the trial thus far have been fascinating for both myself and my industry colleagues who have visited the site," Haspell said.
"There’s striking differences in disease tolerance, sward density and colour, and I’m especially interested in the fescues showing disease resistance to dollar spot and fusarium."
Chris Haspell added: "The trial is very valuable for finding solutions for the future and will certainly inform my seeding plans going forward – it’s fair to saw that Barenbrug cultivars are performing well against others."