The Machrie is one of the few examples anywhere in the world of a great traditional links course which has been preserved for 120 years in its purest form. Anyone who loves golf must play this historic links. Every visitor will enjoy the ever changing nature of the challenge offered by this acclaimed layout. The links turf on which the course was built is among the finest in Scotland, and the setting on a dramatic sand dunes has few equals. The Machrie, a work of nature and a legacy of golf’s golden age, is lovingly maintained by Dean Muir and his team.
The Machrie has recently been brought under new ownership who are keen to maintain the history and tradition of the course whilst updating some key areas for modern times. There have been several alterations which have been done in sympathy with the design and ethos of the original course. Part of the rebuilding of the course was the installation of an irrigation system. Several companies had put forward proposals for the scheme, but the most efficient and user friendly installation was the Hunter Pilot system designed by Irriplan and installed by Irrigation Control Ltd of Cheshire.
The installation of the new irrigation system at The Machrie Golf Club had to be treated as a new installation. As a result, it was imperative that the new irrigation system be quick and easy to install as well as have the traditional benefits of reliability, efficiency, ease of service and use.
For The Machrie Golf Club the option offered by Irriplan was the obvious choice Hunter’s DIH (Decoder-In-Head) G885 rotors for the greens/ approaches and Pilot-CC software operating through the Pilot DH hub. The DIH rotors offer total top access to all of the rotor’s internal components due to their exclusive and patented Total Top Servicing (TTS) features. Hunter’s DIH rotors also offer Total Top Programming (TTP) of the decoder’s station address, another patented technology from Hunter. With the unique DIH features, there was no need to disrupt the playing surface or disassemble the installed rotors in order to access the decoders—particularly important where the sprinklers were installed in newly seeded areas. The Pilot-DH hub and PilotCC software were delivered to Machrie preprogrammed and tested for phase one of the installation. Once the installation of phase 2 was complete Irriplan updated the program on site, as well as carrying out a final GPS survey for the as-laid plans of the course. This was then installed to the Pilot software to give a graphic image for the greenkeepers.
The project was handed over with full training having been given to the greens staff at The Machrie plus full GPS plans of the installed irrigation system.