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During the August 2013 visit STRI Inspector Richard Windows was visibly enthused by what he found at Largs. He alluded to the fact there is no better conditioned parkland course certainly in West of Scotland and probably much wider than that.
Highlights of the report are contained within the following excerpts from the exec summary.
The full report is downloadable below
Executive Summary Points
• The general presentation, conditioning and performance of the golf course were superb.
• All the playing surfaces were in immaculate condition with superb standards of turf quality.
• The general condition and presentation of the golf course at Largs continues to improve in response to a superb maintenance programme expertly delivered by the Greenstaff combined with consistent direction and investment into the course by the Club.
• There is no doubt Largs is one of the best conditioned inland courses we visit and is a superb example of a sustainable golf course in action.
• Playing qualities to the greens was superb and have been throughout the season.
STRI (originally Sports Turf Research Institute) was established in 1929, in association with the UK Golf Unions and The R&A (Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews), to provide research and advisory services for golf clubs on their golf greens and courses.
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STRI Advisory Report 2013
A copy of the report is attached in PDF Format and members are urged to read it over, if for no other reason than to enjoy the bragging rights over your golfing contacts.
It is not common for STRI to go over the top in offering praise but, having been on the course walk with the team, the superlatives were flowing and were genuinely meant.
Under key observations- greens- the inspector writes "The condition of the greens in terms of agronomic quality and playing performance is superb and easily amongst the best inland greens we have seen in 2014"
What he indicated privately is that our course is placed within an elite group of four inland courses - Loch Lomond, Ladybank, Killermont and here which they regard as exemplary. Of that group the Largs readings show as number 1.
Our greens team are accustomed to the rightful acclamation of their efforts but these must never be taken for granted. They constantly seek excellence and are motivated by positive reaction.
There has been a big effort in the clubhouse to raise the bar to the same level. It is now just about where Margaret and the team wants it to be and members are encouraged to spread the word that is is no longer "Largs Golf Club, Private". It is " Largs Golf Club, you are most welcome"
STRI Report August 2014