The Course Manager’s Calendar – June

As Castle Stuart Golf Links once again prepares to welcome the world’s best golfers to the Highlands for the Scottish Open, we catch up with Chris Haspell, the venue’s much-admired course manager. Is the Scottish Open week one to relish or just get through? “If you’ve got a strong team around you, it’s not as hard some people might have you believe. It’s all about getting the team and preparation right. There’s a lot of responsibility but it’s nice when you have people around you can trust. If you can’t get up for a tournament, you shouldn’t be getting up...

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Transport and Logistics article

Recently Hugh King & Co were featured in the Transport and Logistics magazine, you can view the article by clicking on the following link. http://www.hughking.co.uk/sands/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/hugh-king-Co-48-51.pdf...

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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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