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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SAND SAVE FOR SENIOR OPEN AT ROYAL PORTHCAWL

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club has completed a six-year search for the perfect top-dressing in time for this year’s Senior Open Championship. The revered Welsh club, which started its quest due to dwindling local supplies, confirmed it has secured sand from one of the country’s leading sport sand suppliers based 441 miles away in Ayrshire, Scotland. The Washed Dune Sand, which is being supplied by Hugh King & Co, is the closest alternative to the sand used by the 123-year-old club to top-dress its smooth-running greens. According to Ian Kinley, course manager at Royal Porthcawl, the new sand is almost an...

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