The Course Manager’s Calendar – January

Iain MacLeod has headed up the greenkeeping team at Tain Golf club for 43 years. During that time, he’s seen more than his fair share of testing weather conditions, and has developed a few techniques to deal with them. Happy new year! What’s up in January? “January is when I will do quite a lot of aeration on greens and fairways. On the greens, I’ll be putting reasonable-sized holes in and then back filling. I’ve got a few tonnes of Hugh King’s kiln-dried sand which I will use to fill the holes to create extra drainage pockets right through the...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – December

Iain Barr has spent 21 years at Largs Golf Club. Now, as course manager, he discusses his approach to winter maintenance in the west of Scotland. So what are your plans for December? “We’re releveling one of our tees, we’ll continue with a drainage programme and we’re renovating some of our bunkers. Those are the plans for the next month, weather permitting. The weather will be a determining factor in how we prioritise the jobs.” Tell me about the drainage programme. “It’s an ongoing drainage programme that we started because we were having problems with tree roots in the drains....

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – November

Despite being one of the world’s oldest golf clubs, Crail Golfing Society rarely stands still. After picking up his 25-year service award, Bob Meikle talks us through the changes at the Fife club and his busy winter schedule. [caption id="attachment_488" align="alignnone" width="300"] What are your plans for the winter? “Well, we’re putting in a brand new irrigation system into the Balcomie Course, and we had to knock down our old greenkeeping shed to make room for the bigger irrigation tank. We’ve just put in a new shed extension which should be completed next week once we get the snagging list...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – October

With an ongoing schedule of high-profile tournaments as well as an upcoming historic Open, Gordon McKie, course manager at the Old Course in St Andrews, is constantly pushing for improvement. But while there is no let up at the Home of Golf, one thing remains the same; the sand. With events like the Dunhill and R&A’s autumn meet, this must be a busy time of year for you. “In terms of tournaments and preparing the golf course, yes; it’s a busy time. But at the Home of Golf and, in particular, the Old Course, it’s a busy time any time...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – September

There’s been a lot going on at Auchterarder Golf Club with the introduction of an irrigation system and a new bunker sand. Course manager Archie Dunn talks us through the changes and what impact they’ve had on the Perthshire course What prompted the club to invest in a new irrigation system? “We had such a bad time last year; we got burnt out really badly on the greens. That was the catalyst to get the irrigation system installed. In February, we got a brand new system on greens, tees and approaches.” What impact has the new system had? “The main...

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