Saltex: Golf manager recounts course rescue mission

A golf course manager told Saltex visitors today how he used tents and hot air blowers to save a famous course from annihilation by icy weather two winters running.

David Cole said 50mm of ice threatened to devastate Loch Lomond Golf Club course, forcing him to resort to permeable covers and lighting rigs.

One of the most effective treatments however was to use temporary tented domes and blast warm air into the void to thaw the turf and prevent winter kill.

"Winter kill is devastating and difficult to solve especially in a volatile climate like the uk's with dramatic changes of weather," he said.

Poa Annua grass was vulnerable after 20 days of ice cover, with bents and fescues more tolerant.

"We are likely to get more of this kind of weather so you need a good height of cut, as high as possible, say 6mm."

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