The Course Manager’s Calendar – March

Stuart Griffiths is a busy man. He not only oversees proceedings at Pitlochry Golf, which includes an 18-hole and six-hole academy course, he also manages the nine-hole layout at Blair Atholl Golf. Somehow he found time in his busy schedule to talk take-overs and sand. With two sites and 40 holes, you must have a lot on your plate. “This will be my third season as course manager. I started at Blair Atholl in 2010 and since 2015 I have been course manager of both courses. The slight disadvantage is the two courses are seven miles apart - if you’re...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – February

The man in charge at West Kilbride Golf Club is overseeing a substantial renovation project that will see half of the club’s bunkers reconditioned and reshaped. Here Jim Paton tells us how he’s getting on. I understand you have a big project on the go. “Yes, we’re renovating and reshaping 38 bunkers - that’s half of the bunkers on the course. The project started in October and will be completed in the next two to three weeks. We’ll hopefully have everything finished by the end of February. I certainly want the bunkers back in play for the first medal in...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – January

Blairgowrie’s man in charge, Brian Scott, is in the middle of rebuilding two holes on the Rosemount course. Weather-permitting, the job should be completed by the start of the season. HK caught up with him to see how he’s getting along.   What projects do you have planned over the winter? “We’ve been rebuilding two holes – six and seven on the Rosemount course. We completed the tees last year and we turfed the greens last week. We started the work in October with the heavy work starting at the beginning of November. In January, we will be turfing the...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – December

Archie Dunn has been at the helm at Auchterarder Golf Club for 23 years. This winter he is embarking on a rolling programme of works that will see major improvements at the Perthshire course.   How busy is the winter period for you? “Well, we’ve got a winter programme that we have agreed with the committee, so we are in the throws of construction; building bunkers, working on greens and building a tee. We’ve put drains in three greens and are building a new tee on the fourth hole. We have already refurbished two bunkers, which are the first of...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – November

Craig Boath has been at Carnoustie Golf Links for 20 years working his way up to one of the top jobs. For the past four years, he has been in charge of the Championship Course. Here he discusses sand, winter works and preparing for the Open Championship.   How advanced are your preparations for the 2018 Open Championship? “It’s ongoing. From the year we host the Open onwards; preparation carries on until the next one. We just keep going. Distance wise, the course will be the same as the last few Opens. We’re doing a bit of work on the...

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