The Course Manager’s Calendar – February

After an 11-year gap, Carnoustie will once again host The Open in 2018. Despite the gap, the man in charge of all three courses at Carnoustie Golf Links, Sandy Reid, says it could be the best championship yet. First of all, congratulations on winning the Environmental Golf Course of the Year award! “Yes, it was at Harrogate. It was the third time we’d been shortlisted for the award so it was hugely gratifying. We work a lot with the STRI paying close consideration to lots of parts of the environment – waste and habitat management for instance. But one thing...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – January

Although Stewart Brown grew up on the west coast of Scotland, he spent most of his greenkeeping career in the east. So, when an opportunity arose last year to head up the prestigious Western Gailes Golf Club, he jumped at the chance to go home. What prompted you to move to Western Gailes? “I knew the course from when I was young, so it was a chance to go back home to a Top 100 venue. But there’s a big difference in the courses over here. The main thing is the difference in the weather – it’s a lot wetter....

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – December

Iain MacLeod has been at Tain Golf club for 41 years. For 39 of them, he’s been at the helm of the Ross-shire course. With a wealth of Highland golf experience, BIGGA’s first greenkeeping chairman who was also in charge of education for BIGGA Scotland and has won the Scottish BIGGA Golf Championship, knows a thing or two about getting through a tough winter. What are your plans for the winter months? “We’re mainly rebuilding bunkers using the traditional revetted method, and aerating and topdressing areas. We were overseeding at the beginning of October, so now it’s mainly care and...

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Interview with Graeme King of Hugh King & Co.

Graeme King has been at the helm of Hugh King for longer than he would care to mention. Supplying golf courses across the UK as well as all of the Open Championship venues in Scotland, he is acutely aware of the seasonal variations that affect golf course maintenance, and how to anticipate them. Winter is a busy time for golf courses. How does it affect your business? “A lot of the top-dressing takes place in October and some jobs carry on through into November utilising products like Washed Dune sand and our Medium Coarse blend. It does, however, start to...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – October

Twenty five years ago, Bob Meikle left school and went straight to Crail Golfing Society. Now in charge of both courses, the driving range and surrounding areas, Crail’s golf course manager explains his busy autumn schedule With Autumn well and truly with us, what are your plans for October? “We will be deep-tining, seeding and topdressing the greens on the Balcomie course. We’ve just completed Craighead last week although those greens were just micro-cored and top-dressed. The greens and surrounds on both courses will be top-dressed monthly going into the winter, if weather permits, as we are out of high...

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