Monday, 28 September 2009

Greens
Type of grass - brown top (Bent 55%, red fescue 30%, annual meadow grass 15%)
Height of cut - 3.5mm
Speed / stimpmeter reading - 9'6"
Any specific comments - wear tolerant, good density, working on firmness, average area 700 sq yds with one double green

Fairways
Type of grass - various fescues (brown top bent, some rye grass and annual meadow grass)
Height of cut - 9mm
General width and contouring - 22 to 26 yards generally with gently rolling contours
Any specific comments - good uniformity between high spots and low spots, still working on firmness and sward quality in low spots

Tees / collars
Type of grass - bent, fescue - meadow grass - some ryegrass
Height of cut - 6.5mm
Any specific comments - good cover

Rough
Type of grass - various fescues, bent grasses, wavy hair grass, 2" sweet vernal, marram, sea lyme
Height of cut - semi 2", rough 9"-2' (natural, un-mown)
Any specific comments - Keep Out!

Weather
Weather in advance - average temperature 15C with odd showers but mainly dry (serious flooding about 3 weeks ago)
Forecast for tournament - partly sunny and cool on Thursday and Friday with a chance of some showers and very windy on Saturday

Course
Opened - course started in 1840s by Alan Robertson (10 holes) and completed in 1872 by Tom Morris
Course designer - Tom Morris, Alan Robertson and James Braid
Special features - "classic links", undulating fairways, thick rough and a winding Barry Burn
General playability - excellent
Undulating / flat - gently undulating
Tree lined / exposed - exposed near seaboard, some tree plantations
Many / few water hazards - several ditches plus the Barry Burn
Changes to the course - no recent changes

Other features
There is a Barry Burn MOD training centre adjacent to the 6th and 7th holes (added hazard: beware regular firing in process)
Only Open venue to be played by the legendary Ben Hogan in 1953 and there is a plaque installed at the 6th hole which is named after him - Hogan's Alley
The 2007 Open Championship was played here

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