The Course Manager’s Calendar – August

In August, Iain Barr celebrates his 20th year at Largs Golf Club. Despite a challenging start, he has gone on to create one of Ayrshire’s finest parkland courses using pioneering techniques and quality materials. Congratulations on 20 years at Largs. “Well, it was certainly an interesting start. Before I started, there was a disaster when the team misinterpreted fungicides and weed-killer and killed all the greens. I had just done a grown-in at Beith Golf Club, and had to do another at Largs. Six of the greens were OK, but 12 had been killed off so we had to grow...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – July

Craig Boath has been greenkeeping at Carnoustie Golf Links for 23 years. He’s been in charge of the Championship Course for the past five and is looking forward to his third Open in charge. [caption id="attachment_412" align="alignnone" width="300"] Carnoustie Country Legends - Craig Boath[/caption] How does the run-up to this year’s Open compare to the previous two? “There is more pressure, but compared with ‘07, we know what to expect. The build-up to the tournament is more familiar than it was in ‘99. Working at two Opens as well as other tournaments, has been a great help. We know what...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – June

These days, Stewart Duff splits his time between preparing his courses for European Tour events and keeping his eye on visiting film crews. With the Scottish Open making its second visit to Gullane, his profile has never been higher Is there pressure to repeat the success of 2015? “Like most progressive golf clubs, we are always looking at ways to improve the experience for everyone who plays our courses. We’ve taken on extra staff and that has enabled us to do more on a day-to-day basis. In terms of The Scottish Open, all of the extra work we’ve put into...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – May

Goswick Golf Club may be a traditional links course, but that doesn’t mean things have to stay the same. Course manager Ryan McCulloch explains how Goswick Golf Club is benefitting from moving with the times What are your greatest achievements at Goswick? “I started in April 1998, which was 20 years ago just past. My boss retired in April 2016 which is when I took over as course manager. George had worked at Goswick for 50 years and his dad was the head greenkeeper before him, so there hasn’t been many of us. When I started, the club had plans...

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Paul Sharp, area sales manager, Turf & Amenity Solutions Company

After 11 years heading up the greenkeeping team at Peterculter Golf Club, Paul Sharp decided to trade in his sand rake for a sales sheet with Turf & Amenity Solutions. We catch up with him to find out how life on the road is treating him Two weeks into the new job; how are you finding it? “It’s a learning process, but it’s really good. I’m learning a lot about all the products we supply. Coming onto the supplier side is a bit different, but I’m enjoying it. We cover the majority of Scotland from Tayside and Fife up, so...

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