The Course Manager’s Calendar – December

Iain MacLeod has been at Tain Golf club for 41 years. For 39 of them, he’s been at the helm of the Ross-shire course. With a wealth of Highland golf experience, BIGGA’s first greenkeeping chairman who was also in charge of education for BIGGA Scotland and has won the Scottish BIGGA Golf Championship, knows a thing or two about getting through a tough winter. What are your plans for the winter months? “We’re mainly rebuilding bunkers using the traditional revetted method, and aerating and topdressing areas. We were overseeding at the beginning of October, so now it’s mainly care and...

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Interview with Graeme King of Hugh King & Co.

Graeme King has been at the helm of Hugh King for longer than he would care to mention. Supplying golf courses across the UK as well as all of the Open Championship venues in Scotland, he is acutely aware of the seasonal variations that affect golf course maintenance, and how to anticipate them. Winter is a busy time for golf courses. How does it affect your business? “A lot of the top-dressing takes place in October and some jobs carry on through into November utilising products like Washed Dune sand and our Medium Coarse blend. It does, however, start to...

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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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