Grassland management saves time & money while boosting habitats

The West Kilbride Golf Club


Written by: Graham MacKenzie

We have increased the amount and quality of rough grassland on the course without making it too difficult for the higher handicap golfer. Out of play areas were identified in partnership with a course architect and we looked creatively at how the course plays. Specifically looking at landing areas has enabled us to minimise mowing regimes, save time on maintenance and money on machinery wear and tear as well as improve habitat provision.

There were no additional costs involved in implementing these new areas. Long rough has enabled small terrestrial creatures like voles, shrews and mice to move around with cover, however, areas of continuous rough also means more efficient hunting and feeding for owls, hedgehogs, foxes and badgers as their chances of coming across food increases.

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