The Course Manager’s Calendar – June

Although James Hutchinson has been head greenkeeper at Castle Stuart Golf Links for only two years, he has an intimate understanding of the much-praised Highland course. Although you took over as head greenkeeper a couple of years ago, you’ve been at Castle Stuart from the start. How does that help you with your job? “To be involved in a golf course from the very start, right through construction to the finished product is special. There’s a lot more underneath the finished product you’re able to understand, like the irrigation, drainage and rootzone. You know exactly what’s under there and you...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – May

Keith Law, head greenkeeper Forfar Golf Club, has served his time. He started at the club as a trainee greenkeeper in 1992. After stints in Australia, Monifieth and Letham Grange, he returned two years ago and hasn’t looked back What’s it like to be back where it all began for you? “The last two years have flown by. It’s been great to get back. We’re trying to fine-tune and tidy the place up, which will be an ongoing project.” What are your plans for May? “I am waiting for the grass to grow. It’s been a bit slow this spring,...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – April

Bob Meikle has been working at Crail Golfing Society for 27 years. Now the venue’s golf course manager, he joined straight from school and has seen one of the oldest golf clubs in the world flourish. What are your responsibilities? “I look after both golf courses, the driving range and all surrounding areas. Everything. If the light bulbs need changing in the clubhouse, I’ll probably get asked to do that. You have to be flexible.” You’ve been here for 27 years. You must have seen some changes over the years. “I’ve seen a lot of changes. Crail only had 18...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – March

The greens at Crieff Golf Club have never been drier. We catch up with course manager Charlie Macdonald to find out how kiln-dried sand has helped realise the club’s ambitious improvements. Charlie, the last time we spoke, you were completing a big drainage project. How did that turn out? “Well, at the back end of last year, we verti-drained down 10 inches and applied a tonne and half of Hugh King kiln-dried sand on each green. That really helped the greens drain especially after we put in all the drainage. We’re just tying up the drainage with the verti-draining, so...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – February

West Kilbride Golf Club is undertaking a thorough and far-reaching bunker renovation project. We catch up with course manager Jim Paton who is two thirds of the way through reconditioning and reshaping the club’s 84 bunkers. We last caught up with you nearly two years ago when you were in the middle of renovating and reshaping 38 bunkers. How did that go? “It went well, but we’ve done more work since then on another 18 bunkers. We’re getting through them, but we still have a lot to do. The main thing is the members like the work that’s getting done.”...

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