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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Sand plays major role in Kingsbarns summer success

21st September 2017 SAND PLAYS MAJOR ROLE IN KINGSBARNS SUMMER SUCCESS Kingsbarns Golf Links may be no stranger to accolades, but its distinction as the ideal setting for the Ricoh Women’s British Open has now been verified by one of golf’s most respected authorities. The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) recorded excellent performance data during this summer’s tournament, resulting in some of the most consistent figures collated during championships. What makes these findings even more impressive is that this year’s flagship event was mired by extreme weather conditions culminating in torrential downpours. Yet despite the unseasonal deluges, the course dried...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – September

As course and facilities manager at Kingsbarns Golf Links, Innes Knight, has had a busy time of it. As well as preparing for the Dunhill Links Championship, he has overseen the small matter of this year’s Ricoh Women's British Open How was it hosting your first Major? “The tournament was a huge success. We really enjoyed it. The unpredictable weather made it extremely challenging but it was all worth it in the end. Arriving for morning set-up at 4:15am meant we witnessed some stunning sunrises - the weather gods were kind to us on that shift! Unfortunately evening maintenance was...

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Stephen Bache, Head Groundsman, Hampden Park – August

Stephen Bache is the head groundsman at Hampden Park; Scotland’s 51,866-capacity national stadium of football. With a busy schedule, he explains how dry-sand topdressing is improving the playability of the famous pitch With the summer finally arriving, what have you got planned for August? “The amount of events we have at Hampden Park, with Queen’s Park playing here, concerts and of course internationals; there is always something going on. And that means we are always top-dressing the pitch. We have a Hugh King on-site silo in for the beginning of August and hopefully we’ll get another two or three in...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – July

Steven Wilson has been at Trump International in Aberdeenshire since the very start of the high-profile project. Working closely with the Trump family over the years, he has discovered that the company is entirely focused on attention to detail and the pursuit of perfection in everything they do. You’ve been at Trump International from the start. What is your overall role? “I have been here since the grow-in. I’ve seen it turn from dunes to a golf course. In a nutshell, I look after the golf course and the estate. The course is large and the estate itself is 1,500...

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