The Course Manager’s Calendar – June

After successfully working on the ninth hole at Whitecraigs Golf Club in Glasgow, golf course architect Paul Kimber was asked to submit a further proposal for successive work. What he suggested proved to be one of the most popular recommendations ever made at the Scottish club. Of your suggestions, what did the club eventually go for? “In front of the tee, there was an 11m high and very steep hill that once negotiated left a nice approach to the 14th green, but it was difficult to maintain and made the hole difficult to play, especially for the ladies and seniors...

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Equestrian Sand Profile – May

When fully booked, Thornhill Stables can accommodate 30 horses, although it is rare to find a vacancy at the Ayrshire livery. Elaine Macdonald, the facility’s director, says that can be traced back to the year-round equestrian arena and its special sand-based surface. May is busy for everyone. What happens at your stables at this time of the year? “A lot of our clients are looking to bring their horses back into work for the show and eventing seasons, so it’s important to ensure the horses’ fitness levels start to rise. So we spend a lot of time in the arena...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – April

Just over a year ago, Richard Johnstone took over as course manager at Nairn Dunbar. He had been at the club for 15 years working his way up the ladder from Greenkeeper to Course Manager, and rather than settling into his new role, he got cracking on with ringing the changes. Spring is a busy time of year. What do you have planned? “Spring can be quite cold with us in the North of Scotland until about May time. We have just applied some moss killer, then after 10 day to 3 weeks we’re going to verti-cut the greens to...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – March

Stuart Griffiths is a busy man. He not only oversees proceedings at Pitlochry Golf, which includes an 18-hole and six-hole academy course, he also manages the nine-hole layout at Blair Atholl Golf. Somehow he found time in his busy schedule to talk take-overs and sand. With two sites and 40 holes, you must have a lot on your plate. “This will be my third season as course manager. I started at Blair Atholl in 2010 and since 2015 I have been course manager of both courses. The slight disadvantage is the two courses are seven miles apart - if you’re...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – February

The man in charge at West Kilbride Golf Club is overseeing a substantial renovation project that will see half of the club’s bunkers reconditioned and reshaped. Here Jim Paton tells us how he’s getting on. I understand you have a big project on the go. “Yes, we’re renovating and reshaping 38 bunkers - that’s half of the bunkers on the course. The project started in October and will be completed in the next two to three weeks. We’ll hopefully have everything finished by the end of February. I certainly want the bunkers back in play for the first medal in...

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