Top Scottish golf course sees greens destroyed after CHEMICAL accident

One of Aberdeen's top golf courses will need its green completely ripped up due to a chemical accident.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2020
Top Scottish golf course sees greens destroyed after CHEMICAL accident

One of Scotland's top courses will undergo a huge project that will see golfers using temporary greens for months after a chemical accident caused so much damage to the greens, they will need to be ripped up and relaid.

It was reported in the Evening Express that the so called 'blunder' at Kings Links Golf Course happened in June and since then, the greens have become bare and extremely dry and they have now been deemed unplayable and beyond repair.

The damage was caused by “the erroneous application of a strong chemical” and Sport Aberdeen, which operates the course, has started an "extensive" repair programme, working alongside the course’s maintenance contractor Idverde.

Unfortunately for the club's members and visiting golfers, the work is a huge job and will not be complete until next season, leaving temporary greens and reduced green fees to compensate.

“I want to offer my sincere apologies to our Kings Links golfers and also to the three associated golf clubs and their respective members," said Alistair Robertson, managing director of Sport Aberdeen.

“I am devastated at this development as we have worked hard over recent years to improve all aspects of the city’s golf offer.

“My colleagues and I are fully committed to putting this right and we will give this the high priority focus it deserves.

“We have already secured playing times for club competitions at other Golf Aberdeen courses and will do what we can to minimise the impact on the clubs during this period. I am confident that we will begin the 2021 golf season next spring with the course fully reinstated to a much higher standard than it has been in recent months.”

It has also been confirmed that a full investigation of the chemical incident is underway.

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