Links Forum

The Links Forum is kindly sponsored by Sherriff Amenity

Managing Native Bents Without Stressing Fescue

The management of native bents can be one of the biggest headaches for links managers trying to promote fescues within the sward.

Learning Outcomes:

• Location and brief information on Burnham & Berrow 

• Brief history of sward composition

• Changes in greens maintenance over the last 15 years 

• Chemical control

• Current management strategy to control our native bents 

• Future strategy of our native bents

Presented by Richard Whyman, Course Manager, Burnham & Berrow Golf Club


Monoculture or Multiculture - Which is Preferable in a Links Environment?

This session will discuss grass composition objectives for links courses, the difference between multicultures and monocultures and how to achieve the right botanical outcome for both member and championship play.

Learning Outcomes:

• What a grass monoculture is and the impact this has on management and performance

• What a grass multiculture is and the impact this has on management and performance

• Appreciate the benefits of blending grasses from an agronomic and ecological perspective

• The strengths and weaknesses of component grasses

• How to develop the right blend for your course and the techniques used in this process

• Requirements for making such mixes/blends work at the highest level of golf

Presented by Dr Ian McClements, Head of Agronomy and Ecology, STRI Group


High Budget vs Low Budget

In this session two links managers will discuss how their budgets and resources control what they do and how it effects the way they manage their golf courses.

Presented by Allan Patterson, Director of Golf Courses & Estates, Trump Turnberry and Stuart Imeson, Golf Course Manager, Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club


Soil Surfactants and Irrigation Management

Soil surfactants or wetting agents are often a crucial tool in managing turfgrasses, especially in sandy conditions. This session will focus on how surfactants can improve water retention and distribution in the soil.

Learning Outcomes:

• The cause of localised dry spot

• How wetting agents overcome localised dry spot

• Can wetting agents be used to improve irrigation applications?

• Determine if there are differences in wetting agents ‐ movers vs retainers

• Assess if wetting agents can affect surface playability 

Presented by Dr Mike Richardson, Professor, University of Arkansas


Coul Links - The Story So Far

This session will look at the planning and construction of the new 18 hole championship links golf course at Embo, Dornoch. It will discuss the project from the beginning, right up to where they are now....

Presented by Chris Haspell, Project Manager/General Manager, Coul Links


Royal Portrush Case Study and Short Game Areas

This session will discuss the recent redesign and changes, including two new holes, at Royal Portrush for The Open Championship 2019. It will also focus on Short Game Areas.

Presented by Martin Ebert, Golf Course Designer, MacKenzie Ebert


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