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Late July marked the completion of aggressive summer renovation cycles on greens; surfaces have shown good recovery to-date and we expect full recovery by the 1st week of August. Overall the agronomy team is pleased with how renovations have gone this year with recovery achieved slightly faster than previous years. These critical practices will ensure firm and healthy surfaces for the season ahead. Overall July has been a good month with the team focusing on catching up on detailing of desert areas, cleaning of lake banks, applying weed control in rough areas, repainting of all benches and turfing of weak patches in rough. Temperatures were above average for July however high humidity has helped maintain a uniform colour and limit dry areas around the course.
As we look ahead to August we plan to complete our final tee renovation and perform light aeration to all fairways, rough and approaches; the impact on playability will be minimal and all works been communicated to golfers ahead of play. During August the team’s focus will continue to remain on desert detailing, turfing, and weed control as we strive to get the course ready for September and the beginning of the busier golfing season. During August works will commence on revisiting sand levels in all bunkers, adjusting mow lines in select locations and thinning of landscape areas in landing zones. Another area of focus for the team is weed control to roughs as we target to reduce populations over prior years; to-date we are seeing good control of both spurge and grassy weeds however sedge continues to pose a challenge to remove. Chemical control is ongoing with positive result seen, given time we expect to have a much cleaner coverage of grass for the autumn season ahead.
As we enter the second half of summer season the agronomy team is looking ahead towards over-seeding; all seed is on route to Bahrain and expected to arrive by late August. This season we will once again review mow lines, heights of cut and non-seeded areas as we strive to reduce the impact transition has on the rough.
The agronomy team would like to extend our thanks for your ongoing support and understanding during the renovation cycles and transition; we wish all players an enjoyable playing experience in August.
Director of Agronomy
Former General Manager DJ Flanders displays the award for 2013 "Facility of the Year"
The Royal Golf Club’s board of directors and senior management team are delighted to announce that the Club has been recognized as the “Troon Golf Facility of the Year 2013,” the top annual award from Troon®, the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing.
The Club was selected from over 200 Troon-managed golf properties around the world at the annual Troon Conference which took place in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA from 14th to 16th January. Five golf clubs were shortlisted for consideration for the award including Troon North, the flagship property in Arizona.
“This award is a huge accolade and a tribute to the hard work of our dedicated team and supportive Membership,” commented DJ Flanders, former General Manager of the Royal Golf Club. “This is the first time a club has received the award in the first year of coming under Troon’s management so it’s a great achievement. Receiving such a prestigious award will bring the Club and Bahrain as a whole to the attention of the world’s golfing community.”
The criteria considered included the results of annual member, guest, owner and associate satisfaction surveys as well as financial results. The facility was able to reduce its operating costs substantially and significantly improve its GOP by implementing Troon standards. The facility also recorded solid Guest Satisfaction Scores in 2013 through the introduction of impactful programs including Troon Rewards, Troon Executive Card and Troon Values Your Time.
“I’m proud of our golf club being awarded Facility of the Year for the Troon Golf portfolio for 2013,” added Shaikh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chairman of Bahrain International Golf Course Company, the owning company of the Royal Golf Club. “The award shows the dedication and hard work of the management and staff. I would also like to thank the Members, Troon Golf Management, Board Members and Shareholders for their support. This award puts our golf club with a select group of golf facilities from around the world.”
Attended by over 400 delegates, the conference was the biggest in Troon’s 25 year history. Bruce Glasco Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, Troon International Operations commented. “This award not only recognizes the hard work and effort by the whole team at the Royal Golf Club but also the unflinching support from the Board of Directors. For the winner of this award to come from the International division not only demonstrates the way in which our programmes can be adapted to work in every part of the world but also the way they are embraced by our Associates to deliver for all our members and guests."
Full Royal Golf Club Members are invited to enjoy very special rates at participating Troon managed facilities worldwide. Each member and up to three guests can enjoy great courses and destinations at incredible rates.
Tee time requests can be made up to 60 days in advance and are subject to availability.