Monday 31st May

Well last week started with torrential rain on the Sunday morning, about 30mm of rain. The combination of heat and rain causing a hell of an amount of growth.

On Monday and Tuesday we brushed greens and approaches and double cut behind with the triples. Fairways, tees, green surrounds and bunkers(blown, flymoed, strimmed and shaped) were all done in these two days.

Monday and Tuesday also saw the visit of the S.T.R.I for the first of their yearly reports.

Picture Left: Christian Spring(S.T.R.I) with Clegg Hammer, Colin (Burnside Head Greenkeeper) with Moisture Meter, Richard Windows(S.T.R.I Carnoustie Agronomist) with Trueness Meter and John (Links Superintendent) with Stimpmeter.

Picture Right: The Trueness Meter.

Below are two links:


Other jobs going on this week:

coring and overseeding all flood damaged areas

fairways cut again and greens hand-cut and rolled on Friday.

Here's Handyman Barry making a start painting the outside of the workshop.
The Heron


Saturday 22nd May

Heat at last
You know when its hot when golfers from South Carolina say this is normal weather for them.
Heres a quick catch up on whats been happening the last two weeks.
Last week, greens were verti-cut and top-dressed behind, approaches and green surounds were verti-cut, tees were cut along with fairways, tee banks were flymoed and strimmed and a start was made to spot spraying weeds on fairways using the knapsacks.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday we change our holes.

This week tees were verti-cut and cut and a start was made to verti-cutting low areas on fairways. Greens were sprayed with wetting agent(monthly programme).

Due to the warm weather, hydrojecting on the greens and hand watering on dry areas were the main jobs this week.

Stuart and Malcolm pick the short straw this week, cleaning out the grass heaps.

A few surprise visitors on Friday

Mother duck and her young, below on the balcony under the clock stands Tiger Woods.

Ok, just a full size cut out but looks to be enjoying himself on a hen weekend.


Tuesday 11th May

Last Week

Monday and Tuesday were public holidays last week for all the staff with certain boys in cutting greens, raking bunkers and moving markers.

On Wednesday, greens, approaches and surrounds were brushed then cut behind.

Thursday, we cut greens, cut tees, sprayed approaches and surrounds with wetting agent,semi roughs were cut and bunkers were flymoed and strimmed.

Friday, greens were cut and rolled behind. Fairways and approaches/surrounds were cut and bunkers were raked. The Saturday saw the Spring Meetings of the

Carnoustie Golf Club

Dalhousie Golf Club

On Thursday afternoon a small group of greenkeepers had a chance of a course walk at the mecca of golf ( no not the Buddon), St Andrews. The guys were lucky enough to be shown round by Gordon Moir (Director of Greenkeeping) and Jon Wood (Deputy Course Manager Old Course).

Welcome to Hell

Below, John reminiscing about the old days when he worked at "The Auld Grey Toon"