Improvement Works at Kings Links Golf Course
Following the erroneous application of a strong chemical in June, regrettably the greens on the Kings Links Golf Course became severely damaged. Despite our best efforts through our grounds maintenance contractor, idverde, to bring them back up to standard for the remainder of the season, it became clear that this would not be possible.
An extensive rectification programme is therefore underway across all 18 greens, which includes re-turfing the entire surface on the worst affected. This work will last for several months, after which the greens will need to be protected from play until the new season in Spring 2021. This is being overseen by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI), who will support idverde on all aspects of the work. An additional Head Greenkeeper has been brought in to manage the programme, to ensure that it is completed to the highest possible standard.
The course remains open during this period, with enhanced temporary greens in place. The temporary greens are larger than standard winter greens and are placed in optimum locations to give members the best links golf experience that we can. We ask that customers be mindful that these temporary greens have recently been created and that work to improve them will be ongoing.
We hope that this will ensure that our members and customers can still access golf at the Kings Links and, during this time, we have reduced pricing for pay-and-play golfers to reflect the conditions. Our three fantastic 18-hole courses; MacKenzie Championship Golf Course, Hazlehead Pines Golf Course and Balnagask Golf Course also remain available.
Stuart Dillett, Managing Director (North Region), idverde, said:
“As Sport Aberdeen’s Golf Course maintenance partner since 2015, idverde is fully committed to doing all that is necessary to successfully complete remediation of the damaged surfaces of the greens and surrounds at Kings Links Golf Course. Whilst a full investigation is underway into the cause of the damage, I have instructed my team to move immediately to plan the required works along with a full rectification programme. This will commence during the week of 17 August to ensure that all greens will be returned to a high standard for play by the start of the 2021 golf season.
“I remain deeply disappointed with the emerging condition of the greens after such a successful start to the 2020 season and we will work tirelessly to reinstate them to the right quality as early in 2021 as possible, and I apologise for the inconvenience that this will have for Golf Aberdeen members.
“In the interim, we will be working closely with Sport Aberdeen and the Golf Club Captains associated with the course, to set up a temporary course to provide the best possible experience for recreational golf through the use of alternative greens and surrounds.”
Alistair Robertson, Sport Aberdeen Managing Director added;
“I want to offer my sincere apologies to our Kings Links golfers and also to the three associated golf clubs and their respective members. I am devastated at this development, as we have worked hard over recent years to improve all aspects of the city’s golf offer. My colleagues and I are fully committed to putting this right and we will give this the high priority focus it deserves. We have already secured playing times for club competitions at other Golf Aberdeen courses and will do what we can to minimise the impact on the clubs during this period. I am confident that we will begin the 2021 golf season next spring with the course fully reinstated to a much higher standard than it has been in recent months.”
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can I still play golf at Kings Links?
Yes, enhanced temporary greens are in place to ensure that customers can still play the course.
- What will happen to medals scheduled for play at Kings Links?
We will guarantee tee-times for medals at other courses and we are working with the three clubs associated with Kings Links Golf Course on how best to plan this. The clubs will confirm arrangements directly with their members.
- When will the full course reopen?
The improvement works are scheduled for completion in time for the 2021 golf season next Spring.
- How much will it cost to play the temporary course?
During this period of improvement works, we will revert to temporary greens pricing, which can be viewed in the ‘Pay & Play’ section of our golf activity page.