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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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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