The Dumbarnie Links in Fife, located on the north shore of the Firth of Forth and directly across the water from Muirfield, is nearing completion and set to open in 2020.
Scotland’s newest links course has been designed by award-winning architect, and former Walker and Ryder Cup player, Clive Clark, who has designed 34 courses in USA and Europe.
Expectations are soaring for the new Dumbarnie Links, and work is slightly ahead of schedule on the windswept duneland layout thanks to the hot summer in Scotland.The heatwave allowed construction and grassing crews to get work ahead of schedule and grasses to bed in quicker.
All 18 greens on the links have been seeded with a fescue/bentgrass combination. 17 fairways have already been seeded. The progress just five months into the construction process is pictured above (photo by Dumbarnie Links).
Tee boxes and walking trails will feature a rye/fescue grass combination and all 18 holes at Dumbarnie are set to be completed ahead of schedule, Clive Clark said:
— There was already so much to be excited for with Dumbarnie Links – a spectacular parcel of land with extraordinary sweeping panoramic water views over the Firth of Forth, in the ideal location for a bucket-list golf experience. With everything else that has gone right so far in the early stages, there is a palpable energy about how great this genuine links golf course is going to be. It’s very exciting.
Quicker, stronger, and better grow-in at Dumbarnie Links
Luke Beardmore, OB Sports Senior Vice President of Agronomy and Construction, said that the warmer and dryer than normal temperatures have allowed for a quicker, stronger, and better overall grow-in. This should help the course mature and be in fabulous condition before they open in the spring of 2020.
— We know it’s more of a marathon than a sprint, but we also can’t help but crack a smile at what’s going on here, said Clark, and continued:
— We have on board an amazing staff of world-class greenkeepers supervising and executing the grow-in, and we’ve had perfect conditions for an outstanding project so far. The Golf Gods have been smiling on Dumbarnie Links, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
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