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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The Course Manager’s Calendar – February

James Parker, Head Greenkeeper, After a spell at Close House James Parker became head greenkeeper at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club last year. Attracted by a busy programme of improvements, his packed winter schedule shows no signs of letting up during February. How is February shaping up for you? February for us will involve quite a lot of construction work depending on the ground conditions. We are currently taking out some mounds and re-doing quite a few bunkers to bring the course back into play length wise. This includes moving bunkers and instating a new tee. We’ve got quite a lot...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – January

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. What’s the toughest thing to contend with in January? “The highlight of January is just getting through the month without any major disruption or any severe weather that will cause closures. The weather is the main concern. Three years ago we had lying snow for a two-week period. We had a bit of fusarium develop on the greens which we couldn’t treat because of the snow cover. The fusarium...

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