Newquay Golf Club is reaping the rewards from using three mixtures belonging to the market-leading MM grass seed portfolio.
Newquay may well be known more for its surfing and sandy beaches, but it also boasts a truly superb golf course. Located in the heart of the town, the picturesque 18-hole Newquay Golf Club is a challenging yet rewarding links course.
Dan Kendle, who has been a greenkeeper for the entirety of his career, moved to the Southwest seven years ago to take on the head greenkeeper role at Newquay Golf Club. It was his first managerial position in golf, and with a thriving membership and renowned for having some of the best greens in the county, it's safe to say that Dan has made his mark.
His attention to detail and his insistence on using only the best products certainly has helped Dan to maximise results.
"I've never insisted on using one particular brand or manufacturer," he said. "The most important thing is to use the products that work best on the course."
Dan understands the importance of having a grass seed he can rely on and for the past two years he has been impressed with a range of MM grass seed mixtures.
"David Bevan from Agrovista Amenity recommended the MM brand to me, and I'm glad he did," said Dan. "I started by using MM13 on fairways and tees, and a little bit of MM50 on some high-wear areas, such as walkways. They have performed really well. It is a small compact course, so the tees and walkways tend to get a lot of wear, and these mixtures have given us a lot more wear tolerance."
As Dan says, MM13 is a high-quality traditional mixture for overseeding or renovating fine dense tees, fairways and roughs, particularly where maintenance and input levels are low. It has good winter colour and high disease resistance. MM50, one of the UK's biggest selling grass mixtures, is also ideal for use on extreme wear areas and is fast establishing and resilient.
Dan and the team overseed the fairways and tees with these two mixtures twice a year in the spring and autumn but will also target specific areas as and when needed.
Based on the success of those mixtures, David decided to investigate which MM mixture would be beneficial to his greens. After consultation with Matt Gresty from MM Seeds and David Bevan from Agrovista Amenity, he decided that the all-new MM Coastal mixture would be the way forward.
"We actually did some trial plots with the MM Coastal mixture and based on the results we decided to overseed the greens with it," he said. "It is a 100% slender creeping red fescue mixture which has a high salt tolerance. This is perfect for us because we are very exposed here. It is a dry site too so the fact that MM Coastal is drought tolerant, works very well for us.
"My plan is to start overseeding the greens and surrounds with MM Coastal on a more regular basis now," continued Dan. "I'll probably apply it at a lower rate every 5-6 weeks just to keep pumping the fescues into them to try and out-compete the areas of less desirable species such as Poa."
"Germination is excellent and that is across all three seed varieties. You also get great colour from the mixtures all year round. On top of that, I get good support and backup from both Matt and David. I can always bounce ideas around with them and we enjoy discussing different overseeding techniques.
"With MM - it's the whole package."