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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The Course Manager’s Calendar – January

In the middle of a three-year bunker renovation project, Ian Kinley is shaping the future of Royal Porthcawl. The experienced course manager is also 12 months into a new sand regime that is creating significant year-round benefits. It’s been a busy time for the club. Do you ever get a break? “We’ve actually got two years’ grace after hosting two Senior Opens and an Amateur Championship in quick succession. That gives us the opportunity to look at all those things you put on the shelf. All those things you’ve wanted to do, but had to wait for. For instance, we’ve...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – December

Closing from November until March, the 17-strong greenkeeping team at Kingsbarns has a busy winter ahead. As course and facilities manager Innes Knight explains, it makes quite a change from looking after over 100 guests a day. How does the closed season differ from the playing season at Kingsbarns? “During the summer, we are mainly carrying out routine, low-disruptive maintenance. There’s a lot to do, but we are very sensitive not to disturb the playing surface. There are daily chores that have to be done, but ultimately you’re polishing. During the winter closure, we’re able to be more aggressive with...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – November

Barry McCulloch is man on a mission. Since starting at Caldwell Golf Club in January, the new course manager has been determined to tackle the effects of one of the wettest seasons on record by using kiln-dried sand. After working at Whitecraigs Golf Club for 13 years, was it a big change coming to Caldwell? “I started in January and it was slightly different. There is more rain here and the club experiences different temperatures, but I’m fairly used to those kind of conditions. When I arrived, we had just come off the back of one of the wettest seasons...

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