Job Done: Repairing grass damage at St Andrews Links golf course

Project Repairing damage to grass at a golf course

Client St Andrews Links, Fife

A grassed area at St Andrews Links damaged during the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is on its way to recovery following a successful trial of a turf repair mixture.

The golf tournament took place in October, with the Bruce Embankment putting green near the Old Course's first tee housing a tented village area, media centre and the tournament's headquarters.

Tents, cabins and artificial roadways covered the area for more than a month, killing off the grass.

"A lot of the grass had died due to lack of sunlight, especially under the roadway," said St Andrews' Old Course manager Gordon McKie.

"Further damage was caused by contractors erecting and dismantling the tents, plus part of the area was worn thin by spectator traffic," he said.

McKie arranged a trial with Barenbrug Research's BAR 50 SOS, which features cool-soil germination, to help repair the damage.

"I was looking for something to help repair the wear and tear but the tournament takes place in early October and the contractors leave the site mid-month, which doesn't leave much time for germination in our climate. The cool-soil germination was a crucial factor in my decision," he said.

McKie and his team started seeding in mid-October as soon as the area was cleared and he said there was germination within 10 days.

The Open Championship will return to St Andrews in 2010 and McKie said he expected to use the grass seed again to deal with the problem.

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