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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The Course Manager’s Calendar – January

Although Stewart Brown grew up on the west coast of Scotland, he spent most of his greenkeeping career in the east. So, when an opportunity arose last year to head up the prestigious Western Gailes Golf Club, he jumped at the chance to go home. What prompted you to move to Western Gailes? “I knew the course from when I was young, so it was a chance to go back home to a Top 100 venue. But there’s a big difference in the courses over here. The main thing is the difference in the weather – it’s a lot wetter....

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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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