The Course Manager’s Calendar – August

After 11 years at the helm of the greenkeeping team at Portlethen Golf Club, Neil Sadler has seen his fair share of challenging seasons. As the weather becomes increasingly unpredictable, he shares his secrets of summer success What are your plans for August? “We’ve got a couple of big tournaments coming up, so there won’t be anything major happening. We’ll just continue doing what we’ve been doing throughout the season which has been verticutting and topdressing.” How often do you verticut and topdress? “Because we’ve had a lot of growth, we’ve been verticutting weekly and putting down a dressing behind...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – July

Two and half years into his job as course manager at Western Gailes Golf Club, Stewart Brown explains how a new topdressing programming is prolonging the life of his mowers So how are you settling in at Western Gailes? “Well, last summer was extremely dry which was unusual for the west of Scotland and that was followed by this year which has been extremely dry. We’ve been drier over here than they’ve been on the east coast, so I’ve brought the weather over with me. It’s all good.” What kind of winter work have you done on the course? “We...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – June

Although James Hutchinson has been head greenkeeper at Castle Stuart Golf Links for only two years, he has an intimate understanding of the much-praised Highland course. Although you took over as head greenkeeper a couple of years ago, you’ve been at Castle Stuart from the start. How does that help you with your job? “To be involved in a golf course from the very start, right through construction to the finished product is special. There’s a lot more underneath the finished product you’re able to understand, like the irrigation, drainage and rootzone. You know exactly what’s under there and you...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – May

Keith Law, head greenkeeper Forfar Golf Club, has served his time. He started at the club as a trainee greenkeeper in 1992. After stints in Australia, Monifieth and Letham Grange, he returned two years ago and hasn’t looked back What’s it like to be back where it all began for you? “The last two years have flown by. It’s been great to get back. We’re trying to fine-tune and tidy the place up, which will be an ongoing project.” What are your plans for May? “I am waiting for the grass to grow. It’s been a bit slow this spring,...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – April

Bob Meikle has been working at Crail Golfing Society for 27 years. Now the venue’s golf course manager, he joined straight from school and has seen one of the oldest golf clubs in the world flourish. What are your responsibilities? “I look after both golf courses, the driving range and all surrounding areas. Everything. If the light bulbs need changing in the clubhouse, I’ll probably get asked to do that. You have to be flexible.” You’ve been here for 27 years. You must have seen some changes over the years. “I’ve seen a lot of changes. Crail only had 18...

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