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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The Course Manager’s Calendar – August

After 11 years at the helm of the greenkeeping team at Portlethen Golf Club, Neil Sadler has seen his fair share of challenging seasons. As the weather becomes increasingly unpredictable, he shares his secrets of summer success What are your plans for August? “We’ve got a couple of big tournaments coming up, so there won’t be anything major happening. We’ll just continue doing what we’ve been doing throughout the season which has been verticutting and topdressing.” How often do you verticut and topdress? “Because we’ve had a lot of growth, we’ve been verticutting weekly and putting down a dressing behind...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – July

Two and half years into his job as course manager at Western Gailes Golf Club, Stewart Brown explains how a new topdressing programming is prolonging the life of his mowers So how are you settling in at Western Gailes? “Well, last summer was extremely dry which was unusual for the west of Scotland and that was followed by this year which has been extremely dry. We’ve been drier over here than they’ve been on the east coast, so I’ve brought the weather over with me. It’s all good.” What kind of winter work have you done on the course? “We...

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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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