The Course Manager’s Calendar – July

Gordon McKie looks after the most famous golf course in the world. How is the course manager at the Old Course in St Andrews preparing for the 144th Open Championship? How much sand do you use when you top-dress the Old Course? “On Sunday we used about 20 tonnes of top-dressing on the greens and another 20 tonnes on the green surrounds. So we put 40 tonnes on over four hectares. I actually do a lot of my top-dressing during the winter simply because of the impact it has on our cutting machines. I try to get a lot of...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – June

Stewart Duff began his greenkeeping career at Gullane in 1985 left in 2002 and returned in 2006. He and his staff are busy working towards this year’s Scottish Open in July. With the Scottish Open just around the corner, what’s the atmosphere like at Gullane? “There is great excitement. The members are proud that we are hosting this great tournament, the green staff have a buzz about them and we’re striving to get everything done so the Championship Course will be in the best shape possible.” What are your objectives in the run up to the Scottish Open? “Going into...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – May

Innes Knight has been looking after the tees, greens and fairways at the spectacular Kingsbarns since it opened in 2000. As the acclaimed links now prepares for its fifteenth anniversary, the facility’s greenkeeping supremo reveals what it takes to get the prized Fife course into showroom condition. Kingsbarns is famed for its conditioning. How do you do that day in day out? “We aim to produce tournament conditions every day. We have a huge team – there are 13 full-time staff and nine seasonals– and every morning we look to prepare the course almost as we do for a tournament....

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – April

Graeme Taylor has been looking after the turf at St Andrews for 17 years. In 2009 his responsibilities doubled when he was assigned the New Course as well as the Jubilee. Despite his long tenure and it being a busy Open Championship year, he isn’t afraid to try something new. With the start of the season, April must be a busy month for you. The start of the season in St Andrews begins in March, that’s when we start getting a lot of competitions especially on the New and Jubilee. Saying that, it is full-year golf – it never stops....

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – March

Lee Strutt, course manager at the exclusive Perthshire course gWest, is the first turf manager to hold all three top industry qualifications accredited by the worldwide greenkeeping bodies. Aside from making history, he is also preparing for the start of the season. What’s on your radar for March? March is an important month for us. Traditionally we get a 10 day/two-week window that I would deem a false spring - the weather is nice and dry, the temperatures come up and you notice everyone starts talking about daffodils and bluebells. Those two weeks are important because I use them to...

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