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Green Watch – Tournament Set-Up

Golf events are the perfect way to showcase the golf course, read this month’s Green Watch and find out how the green keeping team prepare the course.

Often throughout the season, many golf courses will work towards hosting an event or competition, be it Captains Day, Club Championships or host various golf days. Here at Rockliffe Hall we were fortunate enough to host the William Hunt Trilby Tour Match-play Final this year. These events are always the perfect way to ‘showcase’ the golf course. In the lead up to the event, around two weeks before, the mowing regime is increased, continuously mowing stripes to enhance the definition and improving playability of each individual playing surface. The putting surfaces also benefit from increased mowing to improve green speeds, along with light verti-cutting and grooming to thin the turf sward, reducing ball friction.
On the day of the event, all efforts are concentrated into mowing and course set-up. The fairways are mown and debris removed, tees are mown and switched, markers and any signage set up for the days play. The greens are mown and rolled with vibrating rollers, and then finally the hole is changed and sprayed with competition paint for presentation. The course is then inspected hole by hole before the first tee time to ensure the course is in perfect condition.
Here at Rockliffe we aim to give the golfer the ultimate experience and try to have the course set up to near tournament standard on a daily basis. This also helps when it comes to the bigger tournaments as it means we are on top of the majority of jobs making the work load easier and leaving more time for golf!

To find out more about golf at Rockliffe Hall, please call 01325 729980 or email