Carnoustie Links ready for new season

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AFTER being battered with snow and flooding during the winter, greenkeepers at Carnoustie Golf Links have worked hard to prepare the courses in time for the new season.

All three courses at Carnoustie have been improved with preparation work well under way for the RICOH Women’s British Open in July.

The well documented drainage issues with the Championship Course have been examined through a widespread flood prevention programme, with work being completed on the 11th, 17th and 18th fairways.

The work consists of altering the lie of the land in order to minimise the flooding and improve drainage.

The work completed is to limit, and possibly prevent, the issues caused by the flooding and the subsequent troublesome silt layer.

Along with the flood prevention programme, other general course development work has been completed on the Championship Course under the leadership of head greenkeeper Sandy Reid.

This includes preparation work for the forthcoming Women’s Open, with the mound on the 3rd hole being removed and replaced by a fairway following a request from the Ladies’ Golf Union.

The Buddon Links has also undergone an impressive makeover for the new season with the remodelling starting with the opening hole, which is now a 150-yard par-three with a brand-new bunker on the left.

On top of this, the 3rd and 18th holes now have an elevated tee with fantastic views over Carnoustie Bay.

Head greenkeeper Steve Mitchell said: “The new tees provide the best view on any of the three courses and the staff have done a tremendous job converting an area which was previously used to dispose of waste material.”

The Buddon has also been weather-proofed, with the installation of drains on the 6th fairways and 9th, 10th and 11th approaches.

Colin Law’s Burnside team have also had a very productive winter, with all work completed on time ready for the summer.

Importantly, this included raising an area on the 13th fairway which has always been prone to flooding. This has been manufactured in such a way as to give a natural, rugged look to the bank of gorse on the right hand side.

To celebrate the 2011 RICOH Women’s British Open at Carnoustie Golf Links from July 28 to 31, RICOH are inviting the pupils of local schools to take part in a fun poster competition where they will have the chance to have their artwork featured in the official programme.

To take part pupils simply need to design a poster inspired by this world class golfing event happening on their doorstep. Entries close on June 10.