The Course Manager’s Calendar – December

Closing from November until March, the 17-strong greenkeeping team at Kingsbarns has a busy winter ahead. As course and facilities manager Innes Knight explains, it makes quite a change from looking after over 100 guests a day. How does the closed season differ from the playing season at Kingsbarns? “During the summer, we are mainly carrying out routine, low-disruptive maintenance. There’s a lot to do, but we are very sensitive not to disturb the playing surface. There are daily chores that have to be done, but ultimately you’re polishing. During the winter closure, we’re able to be more aggressive with...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – November

Barry McCulloch is man on a mission. Since starting at Caldwell Golf Club in January, the new course manager has been determined to tackle the effects of one of the wettest seasons on record by using kiln-dried sand. After working at Whitecraigs Golf Club for 13 years, was it a big change coming to Caldwell? “I started in January and it was slightly different. There is more rain here and the club experiences different temperatures, but I’m fairly used to those kind of conditions. When I arrived, we had just come off the back of one of the wettest seasons...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – October

With 36,000 rounds played annually over a narrow stretch of land bound by Scotland’s east coast, one of Paul Armour’s priorities is to prepare the course at Dunbar Golf Club without disrupting play. Another is cutting organic matter by applying as Hugh King sand With summer coming to an end, what’s next for the greenkeeping team at Dunbar? “Throughout the winter we level-off tees. We do two every winter. We’ll strip the turf and relevel the tees using Hugh King’s root zone and then put new turf down. The root zone is very similar to what we already have, so...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – September

It’s been a busy time at Blairgowrie. The club has spearheaded a number of changes ahead of this summer’s Scottish Amateur. Head greenkeeper Brian Scott explains how changing to Hugh King’s root zone helped speed things up What have been the biggest changes at Blairgowrie? “The main ones have been rebuilding the tees, greens, approaches and bunkering on 6th and 7th on Rosemount. That work was completed two years ago. We had the Scottish Amateur here in August and the biggest fear I had was cutting the greens down to 3mm. But the greens coped really well. I thought we...

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