The following information summarises the programme of work to be undertaken by the greens staff over the winter; this is in addition to the normal work of grass cutting, aeration and general maintenance activities. If you have any comments or suggestions, please email them to secretary@monifiethlinks.com.

Bunker reconstruction

Bunkers which have become eroded over the years will be reconstructed, will be ‘lift and drop’ for the winter, and will be brought back into play by spring 2015. Some bunkers are to be re-positioned in accordance with the Links long term plan, and these are also listed below.

Priority 1
2nd hole Medal right fairway –Reconstruct
5th hole Medal – 3rd greenside left – Reconstruct
6th hole Medal left fairway – Reconstruct
9th hole Medal right fairway – Re-turf bunker surround
10th hole Medal left fairway – Enlarge and re-position 6 feet further right
14th hole Medal 2nd greenside right – Reconstruct
18th hole Medal left fairway – Reconstruct and make into a longer bunker

Priority 2
4th hole Ashludie right greenside – Reconstruct
7th hole Ashludie right greenside – Reconstruct
10th hole Ashludie right fairway – Reconstruct
10th hole Ashludie right greenside – Reconstruct
16th hole Ashludie right greenside – Reconstruct
1st hole Medal left greenside – Rebuild to encroach more
2nd hole Medal left greenside – Rebuild nearer to green
5th hole Medal 1st greenside right – Reconstruct
5th hole Medal 2nd greenside right – Reconstruct
7th hole Medal left greenside – Reconstruct
7th hole Medal right greenside – Reconstruct
10th hole Medal left greenside – Reconstruct nearer to green
11th hole Medal 1st greenside left – Partial reconstruct
12th hole Medal left greenside – Reconstruct
14th hole Medal left greenside – Reconstruct
17th hole Medal left fairway – Rebuild 15 yards further up
18th hole Medal 1st greenside right – Reconstruct
This activity is weather dependent, but it is hoped that all ‘priority 1’ bunkers will be completed, and a substantial number of ‘priority 2’ bunkers; other bunkers will have maintenance treatment, and will be re-shaped to make them more playable.

 Gorse Management

Removal of gorse and broom is necessary in order to prevent its encroachment on grass and heather, and to prevent it providing a haven for rabbits. Recent gorse management has, unfortunately, not been sufficient to prevent its spread. Gorse management will be an ongoing process over the coming years, and more Links resources will be allocated to this. Small areas of gorse are welcome on the golf course, but not large dense areas where golf balls cannot be found.
In particular gorse will be removed from the following areas –
Ashludie – right of 13th hole short of green (priority 1)
Ashludie – left of 13th hole on mound (priority 2)
Ashludie – right of 14th hole (right of 18th hole) (priority 3)
Medal – right of 12th hole at green (priority 4)
Ashludie – left of 18th hole (priority 5)
Rough turf will be used to returf all such areas in future; this will prevent these areas from being unsightly following gorse removal.

Tree Management

The previous programme of tree felling is complete, but due to the age of the trees, a substantial number are damaged or dangerous and require to be removed. Thinning of trees is also necessary – for example in the following areas –
Back of 16th green Medal – thinning to improve windflow to green and reduce pine needles
Left of 13th tee Medal – thinning to limit shade on tee
Right of 16th fairway Medal – thinning to promote better growth of grass on fairway and semi-rough
Left of 17th fairway Ashludie – extremely poor quality trees

Other Winter Projects

Clear Buddon burn of debris to facilitate finding of golf balls.

Clear pond of excessive growth of plants.

13th hole Medal – improve ‘lift and drop’ area by further seeding / turfing to allow it to be back in play by April.

Re-seed turf nursery (old practice ground) to create available supply of turf to be used for different purposes around the golf course, including future gorse removal and subsequent returfing.

4th hole Medal – on the mound in front of the green, remove existing poor quality turf, and replace with new turf; retain mound at same height as at present; this project aims to prevent balls landing on the mound from being ‘plugged’; the mound will be ‘lift and drop’ for part of the winter.
Approved by Links Board 23 September 2014