The Course Manager’s Calendar – May

When Archie Dunn arrived at Auchterarder Golf Club, he was meant to stand in initially for six months. Twenty three years later, he is now the club’s cornerstone golf course manger. We’re into the golfing season proper now, so what are your plans for May? “May is a hectic month as we try to get as much aeration and top dressing done on all areas during a busy golfing period with member and visitor play increasing as the weather improves.” What in particular will you be doing? “Our greens and approaches programme will consist of us solid tinning areas with...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – April

Colin Powrie has spent half his life at Ladybank Golf Club in Fife, although he admits it doesn’t feel like 25 years have passed since he started there. He clearly loves what he does and has built up a wealth of heathland knowledge. Does the start of spring herald better conditions for you? “April is a difficult month for everyone in this area. You get these north-easterly winds which the grass doesn’t like. Ladybank’s greens are around 70-80% bent grass with the remaining made up of Poa and fescue. With April being a difficult month for growth with dry, cold,...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – March

This March sees the completion of a far-reaching project to revamp the drainage under the greens at Crieff Golf Club. In charge has been the club’s course manager for 18 years, Charlie Macdonald. You’re coming to the end of a big drainage project – are you happy with the results? “We’re hoping to get all the turfing and construction jobs finished by the first week in March. We’ve done four greens for the last three winters, so that’s 12 in total. It was hard going with all the materials which we did by hand. There were no machines used to...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – February

Sandy Reid has been at Carnoustie for 19 years, taking over the top job from John Philp three and a half years ago. We find out how he’s getting on. It’s been a tough winter. What are your plans for February? “We’ll be mixing rootzone for a new green using Hugh King’s Washed Dune Sand. By the end of the month we’ll also be top dressing the Championship course fairways with it at about 12 tonnes per hectare. Given favourable weather, we’ll get it done in two or three days.” How long has Carnoustie been using Hugh King sands? “The...

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The Course Manager’s Calendar – January

Jim Paton has been looking after the links at The West Kilbride Golf Club since 1981. While he supervises an ongoing programme of improvements at the esteemed club, he is also preparing for his second year at the helm of the Scottish Greenkeepers Association. How long have you been using Hugh King sand? “I’ve been using Hugh King sand all the time I’ve been at The West Kilbride Golf Club, which is coming up to 35 years this May. I’ve been using the Washed Dune sand for top-dressing all that time. It is a very good sand and a good...

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