August 2002

August 2002

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  • Osprey Watch

    One of Britain's rarest birds is a regular visitor to Piper Dam Golf Club, near Dundee, and Head Greenkeeper, Gordon Mitchell, has become very used to watching them. 'Ospreys have been using Piper Dam, near Dundee, for about 30 years for feeding only as the dam is ideal and stocked regularly with Brown and Rainbow trout', said Gordon. Read more

  • Course Feature - Best of both worlds

    Course Feature - Best of both worlds

    Scott MacCallum ventured west and came across an excellent, and very different golf course, with a very enlightened management philosophy. Read more

  • A Very Significant Month

    In years to come July 2002 will be recognised in the BIGGA annuals as one of the most significant months in the development of the Association. Read more

  • Diving for Golf Balls

    Recovery of lost golf balls from golf course water hazards is covered by health and safety legislation, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) points out as the golf season hits its peak. Read more

  • New Man at the New

    New Man at the New

    Euan Grant has been appointed Head Greenkeeper on the 107-year old New Course at St Andrews Links Trust. He was selected from around 50 applicants. In his new position, he will be responsible for a team of seven greenkeepers who maintain the New Course, which in 2001 was rated among the top 50 golf courses in the UK by Golf World. Read more

  • The Scottish National Championship

    The Scottish National Championship

    The Scottish National Championship at West Linton Golf Club, south of Edinburgh, was an outstanding success. The quality of the golf played by certain members at least was matched by the magnificent condition Course Manager Chris Yeaman and his team had produced the course, the hospitality of the club and staff, and the organisational acumen of Peter Boyd, the Scottish Regional Administrator. Read more

  • New Design & Production Editor

    New Design & Production Editor

    BIGGA's new Design and Production Editor is 27 year-old Marie Whyld, who took up the post at the beginning of July. Read more

  • New Name at BIGGA

    New Name at BIGGA

    In a major industry development BIGGA has successfully brought together the two principal trade shows in the fields of fine turf and golf club management and will host them in Harrogate as from Jan 03 Read more

  • Your Letters

  • The TORO Student of the Year Competition 2002

    The TORO Student of the Year Competition 2002

    The Highlight of the Year for many student greenkeepers, the TORO Student of the Year Competition, moved into its second stage, the Regional Finals, during the last week of June. Read more

  • Technical Issues - A patch of discoloured turf or a patch disease?

    Technical Issues - A patch of discoloured turf or a patch disease?

    Dr Kate Entwistle highlights some of the difficulties involved in diagnosing problems. Read more

  • Weather Planning for Professional Greenkeepers

    Weather Planning for Professional Greenkeepers

    The successful running of a golf club requires expertise from management, especially Greenkeepers, to enable the course to be prepared and looked after, including seeding, fertilising, watering, alterations etc. This is of enormous importance especially where attention to detail, preparation and maintenance, is essential to the enjoyment of the final product, and when costs have to be very closely looked at. Read more

  • See you at Saltex

    See you at Saltex

    The annual trip to Windsor for Saltex gives everyone an ideal opportunity to check out what's new in the industry as well as catch up with friends and colleagues between Harrogate. The timing, location and nature of the show makes it the ideal foil to BTME and BIGGA staff will be their in force. Stand G01 will be open and welcoming to members, prospective new members and friends with answers to all BIGGA related questions on tap. Read more

  • Trees - Treemendous Advice

    Trees - Treemendous Advice

    John Nicholson gives some practical assistance with your tree planting projects. Read more

  • New Products

  • A Successful Month

    A Successful Month

    I am writing this piece from the 131st Open Championship at Muirfield where the BIGGA Open Support Team has been hard at work assisting Colin Irvine and his team to prepare the golf course and enjoying the privilege of accompanying players during their rounds to rake the bunkers they find. Read more