Essential Maintenance at the MacKenzie Championship Golf Course

We would like to make members and visitors aware of issues with the greens and the general playing conditions on the MacKenzie Championship Golf Course and advise you of the actions we are taking to address these.

These concerns primarily relate to the greens, particularly on the 8th, 14th, 15th and 16th holes. The issues are due to the harsh winter weather experienced in the new year including the snow and ice in January and February. This, along with continued poor ground temperatures impacting on new grass growth, has meant that there are areas of stress on the greens resulting in reduced grass coverage on parts of them. This is not unique to Hazlehead and many other parkland courses in the north-east are suffering from this. This article from the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) provides further information on low temperature ‘winterkill’ injury in turfgrass, should this be of interest.

As a result, the 8th 14th, 15th and 16th greens on the Mackenzie Championship Course have been temporarily taken out of play. Weather permitting, this will only be for a short period of time and we will re-establish these at the earliest possible opportunity.

A comprehensive plan of action to aid the recovery and rejuvenation of the greens has been implemented. This will include more intensive rolling, brushing and top dressing the greens as well as appropriate treatments to promote growth and to aid recovery. Extra greenkeeping resource has been brought onto the course to support this process, however, the speed with which these actions can be completed is weather dependent. In addition, there will be ongoing work to the fairways and tees. This will include a programme of fairway verti-draining and management measures to take golfers away from the wettest areas of the course. The short-term use of mats on the par 3s will also be implemented to allow these tees to recover.

We understand that these temporary measures will be frustrating and ask that you bear with us whilst we address the issues. Thank you for your continued support and patronage and please contact golf@sportaberdeen.co.uk if you have any questions or require any further assistance.
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