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October was a busy month for the agronomy team with over-seeding of the championship golf course and country club lawns completed. Strong germination of the lawns was observed and early germination of seed on the golf course looks positive with a good even coverage seen across surfaces. As per past years bunker banks, steep slopes and the driving range fairway were not seeding; this year we have also removed seed from number 2 tee banks as a trial to see how these out of play areas hold up over the winter period. If successful consideration for not seeding tee banks in future seasons to reduce the impact transition has on turf health in the summer period may be an option.
Once the seed is fully germinated we will commence mowing and setting the course up to reopen on the 6th of November. New approach and fairway areas will be added during this time which will improve upon and add variety to how the course plays for the season ahead. Upon reopening the golf course will play softer and slower than normal due to the irrigation volumes required to gain a successful germination. The seed will strengthen each day as we develop the new turf to achieve final mowing heights. Subject to how the establishment process develops we may require some restrictions to cart traffic however where possible will limit the impact to golfers. Pitch mark repair is critical during the establishment of the greens seed and the agronomy team will remind all golfers of this importance prior to each round via the starter. During closure we are on track to complete the following; trimming of all Palm trees, native grass pruning on a number of holes, re-painting of course benches, renewal of tee markers and placement of new flags, cups and sticks. During the course closure all our agronomy equipment will be serviced and sharpened to ensure precise mowing of the winter over-seed.
Looking ahead to November the agronomy team will be focused on course presentation, attention to detail in desert areas and developing the over-seed. Final preparation work for seeding the Wee Monty will be ongoing with new approaches, reshaped tee areas and bunker adjustments planed during the closure period. Once full establishment of the over seed is achieved winter project works will commence such as tree pruning, removal of select landscape plants in landing areas, adding of landscape plants in out of play barren areas, drainage/irrigation alterations and bunker renovation works of sand distribution and adjusting the edging shape all planned over the coming months. Please note the following closure dates for Wee Monty.
The agronomy team would like to extend our thanks for your ongoing support and hope you enjoy your golfing experience in November.
Director of Agronomy
Former General Manager DJ Flanders displays the award for 2013 "Facility of the Year"
The Royal Golf Club’s board of directors and senior management team are delighted to announce that the Club has been recognized as the “Troon Golf Facility of the Year 2013,” the top annual award from Troon®, the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing.
The Club was selected from over 200 Troon-managed golf properties around the world at the annual Troon Conference which took place in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA from 14th to 16th January. Five golf clubs were shortlisted for consideration for the award including Troon North, the flagship property in Arizona.
“This award is a huge accolade and a tribute to the hard work of our dedicated team and supportive Membership,” commented DJ Flanders, former General Manager of the Royal Golf Club. “This is the first time a club has received the award in the first year of coming under Troon’s management so it’s a great achievement. Receiving such a prestigious award will bring the Club and Bahrain as a whole to the attention of the world’s golfing community.”
The criteria considered included the results of annual member, guest, owner and associate satisfaction surveys as well as financial results. The facility was able to reduce its operating costs substantially and significantly improve its GOP by implementing Troon standards. The facility also recorded solid Guest Satisfaction Scores in 2013 through the introduction of impactful programs including Troon Rewards, Troon Executive Card and Troon Values Your Time.
“I’m proud of our golf club being awarded Facility of the Year for the Troon Golf portfolio for 2013,” added Shaikh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman of Bahrain International Golf Course Company, the owning company of the Royal Golf Club. “The award shows the dedication and hard work of the management and staff. I would also like to thank the Members, Troon Golf Management, Board Members and Shareholders for their support. This award puts our golf club with a select group of golf facilities from around the world.”
Attended by over 400 delegates, the conference was the biggest in Troon’s 25 year history. Bruce Glasco Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, Troon International Operations commented. “This award not only recognizes the hard work and effort by the whole team at the Royal Golf Club but also the unflinching support from the Board of Directors. For the winner of this award to come from the International division not only demonstrates the way in which our programmes can be adapted to work in every part of the world but also the way they are embraced by our Associates to deliver for all our members and guests."
Full Royal Golf Club Members are invited to enjoy very special rates at participating Troon managed facilities worldwide. Each member and up to three guests can enjoy great courses and destinations at incredible rates.
Tee time requests can be made up to 60 days in advance and are subject to availability.