RLGC Secretary, Simon Newland, describes the challenges Royal Liverpool faces when temperatures soar.
“Members and visitors enjoy nothing more than a finely maintained links, but in a drought situation that goal comes under real pressure. The links at Hoylake is irrigated by a superb network of sprinkler heads and water is sourced from an on-site bore hole but, as one might imagine, the ability to take water from the ground is strictly licensed in the UK by the Environment Agency. During a heatwave, the water we access must be carefully utilised and Links Managers find themselves targeting the high priority areas - greens, surrounds and tees.
“The golden hue that results as fairways and rough areas begin to dry down is rugged and earthy, and many describe this as links golf as it was meant to be played! Certainly it introduces the need for a different set of skills: sound ball striking from hard, tight lies, dealing with unpredictable bounces and the opportunity to practise a classic chip and run."