Barenbrug has worked closely with St Andrews to select precisely the correct seed mixtures for the new venture. Greens on the No. 7 have been sown with a special, tailor-made mix containing the new browntop bent BarKing, as well as Barpearl, Barcrown and Heriot. BarKing has been included in the mixture for its cold weather performance and improved wear tolerance.
The traditional bent/fescue mix of BAR Fairway has been sown on the fairways and semi-roughs. This mixture is ideal for both areas and extremely flexible, because it can be simply mown at different heights. It contains a high percentage of rhizomatous grass, which means it requires low maintenance and recovers quickly. BAR Fairway has already proved very effective on other courses at St Andrews.
Because of the success of BAR Platinum on its other courses, St Andrews has chosen the mixture for the heavy wear par 3 tees on the No. 7. The mixture contains the high-performance perennial ryegrass Bargold, which offers fast establishment and outstanding wear tolerance.
St Andrews links superintendent Gordon Moir commented, “With the success we have experienced with Barenbrug seed over the past 10 years at St Andrews Links, there was no hesitation in deciding to purchase the new seed for Course No. 7 from Barenbrug. Not only has the quality of the product been excellent, but the service and technical support has also been to a high standard.”
Paul Johnson, who heads up Barenbrug UK, said, “During our relationship with St Andrews, we have been able to offer them a total solution to their grass seed needs – advice and consultation, as well as product. We are delighted to continue working with them on the new No. 7, with the support of our Scottish distributor Stewartsturf. As the ‘Home of Golf’, St Andrews is undoubtedly the most important golfing venue in the world, and this is a very exciting project for everyone involved.”
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