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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The Course Manager’s Calendar – March

It’s all change at Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club. Course manager, Brian Finlayson describes the developments at the Ayrshire course and explains how sand is playing a vital role [caption id="attachment_390" align="alignnone" width="300"] Barassie Golf Club, Brian Findlayson[/caption] What’s been happening at Barassie? “We’ve just finished a course-improvement programme. We’ve built a brand-new par three from scratch with a championship tee, fairway, green and bunkers. It will be the new thirteenth when it’s in operation. We have the old par three which we will use as a relief hole in the winter. We’ve also got four new tees right on the...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – February

After an 11-year gap, Carnoustie will once again host The Open in 2018. Despite the gap, the man in charge of all three courses at Carnoustie Golf Links, Sandy Reid, says it could be the best championship yet. First of all, congratulations on winning the Environmental Golf Course of the Year award! “Yes, it was at Harrogate. It was the third time we’d been shortlisted for the award so it was hugely gratifying. We work a lot with the STRI paying close consideration to lots of parts of the environment – waste and habitat management for instance. But one thing...

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