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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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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