Employee Departure Announcement

It is with mixed feelings that we announce the departure of Deputy Course Manager Graham Burnett.

Graham has been a valuable member of the Course Maintenance team since 2016 and played a key role in the progression of the golf course over that time. Graham leaves us on November 25th 2020 to pursue a career in the wood product manufacturing industry.

On behalf of our management and members we would like to thank Graham for his commitment and dedication over the past 4 1/2 years and wish him the very best of luck and the greatest of success in all his future endeavors.

New Machinery – 400L Team Club Sprayer

Nairn Dunbar Golf Links are delighted to add the 400L Tractor mounted Team Sprayer to our current fleet of machinery.

The new piece of machinery replaces our 1987 200l Hardi tractor mounted sprayer which was becoming unreliable and costing too much money to continually repair.

Team sprayers have been manufacturing trailed, mounted and pedestrian sprayers for the sportsturf market since 1981, almost 40 years of knowledge and expertise used to the build of every sprayer produced.

After carefully reviewing a range of sprayers, we chose to invest in Team sprayers using Macgregors of Inverness. The sprayers offers high specifications and focuses on accuracy, boom stability and strength.

The reliable, robust design and ‘easy to use’ operator controls, make this machine very ‘user friendly’ with Standard features including tank flushing system, chemical induction hopper, hand wash tank, PPE locker and foam bout marking system.

Huge thanks to the management committee for showing their desire to invest and improve.

Gorse Removal and Creation of Sand Habitat at 5th Hole

As part of our Winter Improvement Programme the area of old leggy gorse between the 4th and 5th hole has been removed. This strand of gorse was causing visibility problems from the 4th tee and was a magnet for second shots being played to the 5th green. Gorse starts to lose its compactness after approximately 10 years and then degenerates with time, losing its value for wildlife, increasing the fire risk and reducing their ability to regenerate. It is out intention to break up large stands into several parcels and manage these on a rotation, and apply a rotation to scattered gorse across our site.

After local contractor Willie Lean removed the Gorse and the top layer of vegetation the area was shaped leaving as much of the natural mounding and grasses as possible. To help the area colonise we transplanted natural grasses such as marram and fescue from other dune systems across our site.

Golf originated here in 1899 where the links landscape was perfect for golf because it provided an interesting mix of tight grass, undulating dune features and areas naturally eroded down to bare open sand. Gradually over time the open areas evolved into a gorse dominated habitat which. Exposed sand areas are vital to maintaining a healthy dune system. The sand provides a habitat for many insects and allows the links site to continue its ever-changing cycle. These areas are also ecologically beneficial and provide diverse habitats for ground nesting birds, lizards, bees, ants, moths, butterflies, mice, voles, grasshoppers, snails, beetles, caterpillar, dragonflies and worms.

Staff Training – 7th BIGGA CPD Milestone Certificate

On 20/10/2020 Course Manager Richard Johnstone was awarded his 7th BIGGA CPD Milestone Certificate in recognition of his continued education and training in 2020. The BIGGA CPD Scheme is made up of members who are looking to improve their professional knowledge and competence within the industry while developing skills and personal qualities necessary for the execution of technical duties throughout their working life.

“No professional should stand still – we’re all learning, all the time.

Staff Training – BIGGA CPD Approved member Certificate

On 20/10/2020 Course Manager Richard Johnstone was awarded with a BIGGA CPD Approved member Certificate in recognition of his continued education and training in 2020.The BIGGA CPD Scheme is made up of members who are looking to improve their professional knowledge and competence within the industry while developing skills and personal qualities necessary for the execution of technical duties throughout their working life.

“No professional should stand still – we’re all learning, all the time.

Staff Training – BIGGA CPD Approved Member Certificate

Congratulations to Deputy Course Manager Graham Burnett who on the 6th October was awarded with a BIGGA CPD Approved member Certificate in recognition of his continued education and training in 2020.The BIGGA CPD scheme has allowed Graham to continue to update his skills and knowledge, boost his confidence, strengthen his professional credibility and ensure that Nairn Dunbar has a competent and well-motivated employee.

“No professional should stand still – we’re all learning, all the time” ⛳️📝🌱

Dimple Seeding Greens

With a small window of opportunity between member, visitor and competition golf we decided to overseed all greens and approaches between 28th- 30th September 2020.

Now that we have our Organic Matter levels between 4-5% there is no real significant amendments needed to undertaken to the soil profile within our greens. It means that we can now focus on a sustained overseeding programme aimed at re-establishing the fine textured turf that once dominated this links before excessive fertiliser and irrigation applications caused an unfortunate botanical change.

We took the decision to apply 320kg/ha of Gro Green Fescue seed which is a 50/50 blend of Chewings and slender creeping fescues which offers the best solution for year-round performance. The mix Contains some of the top-rated Chewings and slender creeping cultivars for greens use.

Due to the amount of golf still being played daily on the links we postponed our full autumn maintenance week in favor of a non disruptive overseed which will not effect playability with another 3 weeks of competition play left of the 2020 season.

The Redexim Speed Seed 1100 was used to “dimple” seed the greens and approaches. The machine utilities a spiked sarel roller to create 990 holes per m2 and a rear brush roller which sweeps the seed into the mass of holes down to a depth of 20mm. By running the machine over the surfaces three times it allowed us to create over half a million small dimple holes per green. Any excess seed was the worked into the holes using an switches and brushes, before 18 Tonnes of our own indigenous dune sand topdressing was applied to provide the correct growing medium, some protection from the elements and to a smooth finish. The seed should germinate within the next 3 weeks, slightly longer than the 10 days experienced mid august, due to the slightly cooler conditions.

To achieve maximum seed establishment and rapid surface recovery without creating a flush of growth that would negatively affect playing characteristics we will be applying tri smart wetting agent and Goemar seaweed. We chose these products as it has proven to be effective in aiding recovery while maintaining turf health and vigor without any negative effect on playability.

Fescue is the most appropriate species to links sites across the UK and with adequate management will provide characteristics that are typical of links golf here at Nairn Dunbar. The practice of overseeding is a vital aspect of what we are trying to achieve at and will now remain part of our annual maintenance at least twice a year.

The Maintenance procedures were carried out at this time of year when the air and soil temperatures are still high enough to help recovery times to be kept to a minimum. This short term disruption will give us long term benefits giving us firm and true surfaces all year round.

I would like to thank Head Greenkeeper Michael Mann and Boat of Garten Golf Club kindly loaning us the machinery and my team for their effort, professionalism and dedication to complete the work and restore the surfaces within 3 days.

Machinery Demonstration – Jacobsen Eclipse 322

With a current ageing fleet of machinery at Nairn Dunbar it is essential we continue to look at ways of reducing repairs and running costs while improving reliability and performance. Having closely monitored what machinery has been costing us most money to run in previous seasons we have been looking at various options to replace our 14 year old TORO 3250

Fairways GM provided us with the opportunity to Demo the Jacobsen Eclipse 322 which is the latest innovation from Jacobsen. Featuring a hybrid or battery powered system, ergonomic design, and the Jacobsen Classic XP reels, the Eclipse 322 can save time and money and improve on the superior quality-of-cut .

Some of the stand out features of the Jacobsen Eclipse 322 we found were:

  • It features a hybrid or battery powered system that is simpler, faster and less expensive to operate and maintain.
  • It maximizes the operators potential with an ergonomic design that keeps controls comfortably within reach and the view unobstructed.
  • It is equipped with Jacobsen Classic XP reels, trusted for the highest quality-of-cut at the top courses around the world.
  • No hydraulic oil to leak or change coupled with significantly reduced noise and exhaust emissions make the Eclipse 322 an environmental champion

Machinery Demonstration – John Deere 2750e

With a current ageing fleet of machinery at Nairn Dunbar it is essential we continue to look at ways of reducing repairs and running costs while improving reliability and performance. Having closely monitored what machinery has been costing us most money to run in previous seasons we have been looking at various options to replace our 14 year old TORO 3250 tee machines.

Macgregors /John Deere provided us with the opportunity to Demo the John Deere 2750 e- cut which offers superb contour following with 18 degrees of steering and 37 degrees of contour following ensuring an even cut even on undulating terrain.

With the possibility of save up to 30% on fuel and cut sound levels significantly by selecting ’Eco’ mode in TechControl. ’Eco’ mode would allow us to calibrate power precisely to the job in hand.

On the 2750 TechControl the Frequency Of Clip can be preset and it stays independent of the mowing speed for highest consistency regardless of the operator. A much more efficient machine than our current mower allowing us to lower operating costs with an electronically controlled, liquid-cooled diesel engine.

The risk of a damaging turf with a hydraulic leak with an electric reel drive system which eliminates hydraulic leak points. The Power reel drive motors with 56-V alternator also require no additional batteries onboard

The grass boxes offer adjustable handle orientation and easy access. The asymetric design improves collection performance. The hook up system is designed for easy removal but at the same time keeping the box in position while transport.