Your Course 3: In clubhouses this week
The third edition of Your Course, BIGGA’s magazine that seeks to inform golfers more about the activities of greenkeepers, will be arriving in clubhouses all over the country this week.
The magazine is distributed free to golf clubs with the help of our friends at Sports Publications and will arrive in clubhouses as part of their monthly mailing. Eight copies of Your Course are distributed to almost every golf club in the country.
This edition of the magazine covers topics including:
The Island Green at TPC Sawgrass
In conversation with Jeff Plotts, discussing what it takes to maintain the most famous island green in the world and prepare TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium course for The PLAYERS Championship.
Michael Mann meet Michael Mann
One is the course manager at world famous Walton Health, home of numerous championship events. The other is head greenkeeper and the only full-time member of staff at a nine-hole course in the Scottish Highlands. Both are named Michael Mann, but how different can their lives be?
We all make them, but do we all repair them? We take a closer look at the lasting damage caused by unrepaired pitchmarks and how golfers can contribute to the overall health of the course.
Is there an art to building a ‘good’ bunker? Paul Larsen, head greenkeeper at 2020 Open venue Royal St George’s discusses everything that goes in to maintaining every sand trap on your course.
Greenkeeping in summer
The sun is out, the course looks spectacular. Surely all that’s left is for the greenkeepers to mow the course to keep it in top notch condition? After the challenges of the record-breaking drought of 2018, you might be surprised to learn about everything that goes into maintaining a course throughout the summer.
A root and branch enquiry
Have you noticed that many golf courses seem to be chopping down trees at an alarming rate? Is this a fashion that needs to be prevented or is there something more important going on?
Spreading sand on to your greens will improve its playability and help maintain the health of the turf, ensuring diseases and other threats are reduced. These four head greenkeepers take a look at the science behind topdressing.