Horsham Golf Club
Horsham Golf Club is being extended from a short 9 hole course into an 18 hole golf course. Because of different soil conditions around the course, the grass seed mixture required careful consideration and guidance which was provided by John Hughes of DLF/Johnsons Sports Seeds.
“There was a vast variation of soils on the site over woodland and fairways,” said John, “and the chosen mixtures were modified to cope with these different soil types. Some were lower nutrient soils, and in some areas there were high shade levels.”
John and Ingrid Eichler of contractor Contour Golf settled on seed recommendations to cope with the existing soil profile, as well as that of the imported soil (often local) in the new areas of the site.
For the greens, bespoke rootzones were specified and high quality greens mixtures composed of top rated fescues and bents including Cezanne slender creeping red fescue and Manor fine leaved bent, were used.
A woodland fairway mixture was required where higher shade levels were experienced. The fairway mixtures incorporated Dickens perennial ryegrass for initial establishment and durability. Also within these mixtures was the top rated strong creeping red fescue Rossinante and Manetto hard fescue.
The roughs mixture was chosen to provide a low maintenance fine fescue sward with low nutrient demand. The inclusion of sheeps fescue (Quatro) provided a contrast to the manicured fairways with a naturalistic visual appeal.
“This was truly a bespoke job,” explained Ingrid, “but within the DLF stable are cultivars to suit all requirements so it was just a case of selecting the most appropriate ones to get the best results for the job. John and I have been so pleased with the outcome and meeting (the owner) Neil’s expectations.”