Registration in the region of 4000 rounds played each month, Southport Hillside golf club It is a very busy course! Tasked with balancing players’ expectations with tournament sustainability is Links Manager Chris Paul – who now makes weekly passes with a range of UltraGroomer™ Tapes from TMSystem™ to meet the needs of golfers for ‘speed’ without reducing cut heights.
Chris has been in charge of the 18-hole Links Course since returning to the club in 2018, and the eight-member conservation team has to manage not just the challenges of their exposed coastal location, but the demand for speed on the Greens. “While lowering cutting heights may work in some clubs, due to factors such as wind, this cannot continue for us without harming the overall health and condition of the plant,” explains Chris.
“Our previous setup for the vertical trim was no longer fit for purpose, so we spoke to our local Turner Groundscare dealer who offered us the UltraGroomer™ tape.” One of TMSystem™’s 12 maintenance cassettes, the UltraGroomer™ features over 80 1.3mm-diameter tungsten blades, spaced 5mm, to remove Poa, lateral growth, and organic matter—enhancing the downward movement of oxygen, nutrients and moisture and making it more difficult for pathogens to control.
“We have tried the cassette, which is installed in the infantry INFINICUT®, on a couple of greens and has done a great job of removing the coarse leaves without disturbing the delicate species we’re trying to encourage, and without leaving streaks in the ground. Although we didn’t see them working on triples, we were all impressed right away and bought a set for 2500 JOD. “
During the main growing season, the Hillside team runs UltraGroomers™ over greens once a week to remove any lateral growth, improve and reduce entry of unwanted species and hold the plant upright – all without causing undue stress. “Having proudly hosted some professional events in recent years, and through regular contact with bodies such as R&A, we know what speed we are ideally trying to achieve and how best to achieve it. We are pleased to maintain our machines, with relative ease, using UltraGroomer™ tapes and we are very pleased With the results we’re seeing so far.”