During the August 2015 visit STRI Inspector Ian Craig was greatly impressed with what he found at Largs with greens condition and playing performance described as superb.
Highlights of the report are contained within the following excerpts from the executive summary.
The full report is downloadable below
Executive Summary Points
• The general condition and presentation of the golf course is excellent.
• The ball roll qualities of the greens were quite superb. It is very pleasing to report a continued improvement year on year and despite the very high standards being set in 2014, a further improvement has been achieved this year.
• This despite the climatic challenges presented with sustained low temperatures throughout the early part of last summer and the well above average rainfall for the time of year.
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.
By the 1950s, STRI had clearly established a reputation as the leading company in Europe for providing advice and research on new products and techniques for managing sports turf, not just for golf, but for all types of sports surfaces and amenity grass areas.
The success of STRI comes from the focus and expertise of the research team, based at our extensive research facilities in Bingley, Yorkshire, which remains as our headquarters to this date. The team are as dedicated now, as they were eighty years ago, to establishing new and better ways of producing high quality sports surfaces across the world. The knowledge base from STRI’s research, along with years of practical experience, is what makes our consultants and advisors the best in the industry.
The last two decades have seen rapid growth within STRI, currently with 75 staff, delivering our range of consultancy and research services across an international client base of around 2,100 sports clubs and facilities each year.
Today, STRI is recognised as the world’s leading authority for research and advice on sports turf design and management.
A copy of the report s attached in PDF format which members are urged to peruse as it shows once again how highly Largs Golf Club is rated by the leading industry professionals.
During a previous recent inspection the Inspector indicated privately that Largs Golf Club was placed within an elite group of four inland courses - Loch Lomond, Ladybank, Killermot and Largs which they regard as exemplary. Of that group Largs' readings showed as number 1.
Largs Golf Club greens team is accustomed to the rightful acclamation of their efforts; these must never be taken for granted. The team constantly seek excellence and is motivated by positive reaction.
There has been a tremendous effort in the clubhouse to raise the hospitality to the same level as the course. It is now approaching where the Hospitality team wish it to be. Members are encouraged to spread the word that Largs Golf Club is here to make you feel most welcome.
Click on this link to go to STRI website for further information
STRI Report August 2015
STRI Report August 2014
STRI Advisory Report 2013