The Course Manager’s Calendar – March

Peter Hall has been at Whitecraigs Golf Club for 26 years. The course manager has seen many changes over the years, but none more significant than the ongoing comprehensive redesign of the James Braid-designed course. Peter, there’s a lot going on at Whitecraigs. “Yes. We rebunkered the 9th hole and redesigned our 14th which made a huge difference.Right now we’re changing bits of the course because the weather we’re getting means the bunkers are getting washed out constantly. Last year we put in two capillary concrete bunkers just to try it out. That was particularly successful, so we are going...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – February

Now in his 20th year at Nairn Dunbar Golf Links, Richard Johnstone has had time to get to know the place. But with a mild winter and the prospect of co-hosting The Amateur Championship with The Nairn Golf Club in 2021, this could be his best year yet How are the preparations going for The Amateur? “It’s a fantastic achievement for both clubs to host the event, and it’s great for the town of Nairn and the Highlands generally. As we get closer to the tournament, the R&A will want the conditions of both courses to match. So we will...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – January

Iain MacLeod has headed up the greenkeeping team at Tain Golf club for 43 years. During that time, he’s seen more than his fair share of testing weather conditions, and has developed a few techniques to deal with them. Happy new year! What’s up in January? “January is when I will do quite a lot of aeration on greens and fairways. On the greens, I’ll be putting reasonable-sized holes in and then back filling. I’ve got a few tonnes of Hugh King’s kiln-dried sand which I will use to fill the holes to create extra drainage pockets right through the...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – December

Iain Barr has spent 21 years at Largs Golf Club. Now, as course manager, he discusses his approach to winter maintenance in the west of Scotland. So what are your plans for December? “We’re releveling one of our tees, we’ll continue with a drainage programme and we’re renovating some of our bunkers. Those are the plans for the next month, weather permitting. The weather will be a determining factor in how we prioritise the jobs.” Tell me about the drainage programme. “It’s an ongoing drainage programme that we started because we were having problems with tree roots in the drains....

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – November

Despite being one of the world’s oldest golf clubs, Crail Golfing Society rarely stands still. After picking up his 25-year service award, Bob Meikle talks us through the changes at the Fife club and his busy winter schedule. [caption id="attachment_488" align="alignnone" width="300"] What are your plans for the winter? “Well, we’re putting in a brand new irrigation system into the Balcomie Course, and we had to knock down our old greenkeeping shed to make room for the bigger irrigation tank. We’ve just put in a new shed extension which should be completed next week once we get the snagging list...

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