Greenkeeper International – May 2019

Royal Troon Golf Club Irrigation

Ocmis has been honoured to work on many fantastic golf courses in recent times. In autumn 2017 the irrigation system at Royal St George’s was upgraded in readiness for the 2020 Open. Ocmis re-cabled the course, installed a new control system, new sprinklers throughout the course and irrigation to the walkways, a new pump station and Toro Lynx controller.

Work on the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry a year earlier was more extensive as the course was renovated. A Rain Bird IC system was installed, and new irrigation to all the playing surfaces and walkways. New water storage tanks and a pump system will supply irrigation water across the whole Trump Turnberry estate.

Through the winter of 2018 Ocmis installed a system to the Old Course at Royal Troon. This included the installation of a 600m³ water storage tank and pump system for the three Troon courses and irrigation of the playing surfaces and walkways. The new Toro Lynx control system uses the latest Toro Smart decoders. The installation of the irrigation was coordinated with the installation of drainage to three holes, all in consultation with the R&A. Stephen Anthony, the secretary at Royal Troon, said: “We are very glad that we chose Ocmis to be our partner to carry out the work. The disruption to members throughout the contract has been minimal, which is great. We thought the final stages would cause major disruption but to Ocmis’ credit I did not receive one complaint from a member, just praise for the professional way the installation was carried out.”

Installation of the new Rain Bird IC system on the Old Course at Ballybunion was also installed through the winter of 2018 to 19. This included irrigation to all playing surfaces, walkways and green surrounds. A pump station was installed with the capacity for the Old Course and Cashen Course, with new borehole water supplies and a water management system.

Ocmis are working at Cruden Bay, upgrading the irrigation to the greens and walkways as part of a phased improvement of the irrigation system; new mainline, pumps and water transfer system have been installed in previous phases.

During the summer of 2018, Ocmis installed a new irrigation system to all playing surfaces at Dumbarnie Links in Fife, during the construction of this new championship course. This was a particularly intense construction with work starting in May 2018 and the 18 holes completed at the end of October. The previous large-scale installation by Ocmis on a new construction was for JCB Golf and Country Club near Uttoxeter, which was completed in 2017.

These wonderful courses have the very highest standards and expectations put on them by their members and visitors. Having an irrigation system that can reliably apply water uniformly and with a high level of control is of great importance in producing consistent playing surfaces.

Ocmis continues to deliver quality projects, achieve the standards of installation demanded, and deliver reliable irrigation systems that course managers demand.