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Anthony Gray -Don't forget a visit to the Bushmills Distillery, one of the top tourist attractions along the Causeway Coast.DT
Quote from: David_Tepper on June 23, 2009, 12:25:18 PMAnthony Gray -Don't forget a visit to the Bushmills Distillery, one of the top tourist attractions along the Causeway Coast.DT David, That swinging bridge was fun also. It is truly a relaxed part of the world. Anthony
Sidenote - It get's little discussion - but a brilliant summer trip to Ireland would coincide with the "open weeks" on offer there. As long as you have your handicap card it is fairly easy to play great courses and have a lot of fun - the formats are also interesting with a mix of stablefords, etc.
I was very fortunate to have worked at Royal Portrush on the Greenscrew for 3 months in late summer of 2004. During the time there I help update and fix the dilapidated and destroyed irrigation system around the tees?!??!?? Seems like after the Senior Open there in 2004 the players complained that the tees were not "green" enough. Additionally, I was involved in the beginning of a major bunker renovation/redesign. The club called in Martin Hawtree to develop a bunker study, and propose changes to the existing bunker maintenance practices. The first bunker worked on was one on the 18th fairway. The reasoning for the repairs was the turf quality of the grass face had deteriorated due to the sand splash as well as the bunker face orientation. - on a side note, I was told (and witnessed) that a majority of the bunkers were constructed exactly like a reveted bunker, however it was carried one step further and sod was rolled over from the top of the bunker, down to the sand, as to create the steep grass faces. A majority of those bunkers were experiencing a decline in the turf face conditions. Martin proposed raising the sand face and reducing the amt. of turf on the faces. Here are some photos from the 18th bunker work....Before....Rolling the new sod, creating the clean edge....Cutting out the old turf.....Finished bunker....Sean, do you have any photos of the bunker? I am curious to see how it has aged and changed over the years....