Wednesday 30th May 2012

Well the warm weather continued until today.
Little bit of drizzly rain.

The past few days have been spent hand watering areas making things tick over through the dry spell.

This week we welcome the Royal Swedish Golf Society who are playing on all three courses. 

Newly cut fairway extensions were mini cored.

The hydroject is back out on the greens, hopefully they will be completed by the weekend.

Young kids have dammed up the burn, not good when we are clearing out any weed.

Not a job for Dangerous Jimmy.

Bunkers also tidied up this week with the flymo, strimmer and blowing.

Seed that was put down under the plastic trackway is starting to come through.

An area where wild flowers (part of Operation Pollinator) will be sown out is being prepared. This area has been sprayed with total, the next step will be to scrape away the vegetation down to bare earth.

Handyman Barry is painting the diesel cage after it was completed.

Today with the drizzle the swallows were out in force. Swallows normally feed 7–8 metres above shallow water or the ground, often following machinery to catch disturbed insects, but they will occasionally pick prey from the water surface, walls and plants. They are also attracted to Toro red.

Back to the 10th green, pesky kids have been on it with BMX bikes. A few burn marks on the green.

Project Buddon has started with contractor Marcus Terry on his own til the rest of the team arrive. 

He has been very busy clearing areas from the edge of the job to allow the bulldozers a bit more easy access.


Sunday 27th May 2012

Welcome to Carnoustie Del Sol.
What a week weather wise, we didnt expect heat like this!

The greens were due for a feed and thats what we did on Monday. A Carnoustie special mix including dried blood, hoof and horn, seaweed, iron and the secret recipe specially imported for the last time from John Philps shed.
Will he pass on this secret ingredient, who knows??

Greens were brushed and the homemade mix was put out with Vicons. Greens were then double cut behind, in the dry, to break down the hoof and horn a little bit more.

Other jobs on this week were spraying the fairways for weeds and especially pearlwort, which seems to be rife this year for some reason. Fairways were cut as normal with the heights going up slightly to 10mm.

Most of the week we have been cutting the greens with the triples and boxes off returning any fertiliser back into the green. Friday we double hand cut(collecting clippings) and rolled behind.
Links Championship Qualifying takes place on Monday night, this is the start of all the club tournaments now.

Workshop are busy building a mesh frame round the diesel tank to stop any thieves.

Marcus from 1st Golf Ltd arrives to set up camp for the project on the Buddon Links more on that later.

Forecast for next week looks really good again.
Hand watering at the ready!


Monday 21st May 2012



April was a poor month and a complete contrast to March. Following the record high temperatures at the end of March we had snow on the 3rd of the month resulting in a morning closure of the courses! Average noon temperatures were down 4° on March at 8.5°C and total rainfall of 101mm was 8 times the March figure of 12.4mm. Winds were variable, light to fresh and sunshine hours were lower than normal.




The greens were Hydro-Jected (water injected aeration) with added seaweed at the beginning of the month and received only bespoke feeding to weaker areas to help encourage growth during the cold weather.

Greens were double verti-cut and were brushed on 3 occasions to help refine coarse and prostrate growth.

As there was very little growth in general, cutting was only required 3 to 4 times per week with rolling often taking place in substitution.

Approaches & Surrounds

These areas were all verti-cut as required and trafficked areas were mini cored and top-dressed.

Selected weaker areas were fed and the wetting agent and conditioner program commenced.


Fairways received a blanket spray of Ammonia and Iron with weaker areas and bumps also receiving an extra feed without the Sulphate of Iron.

Bumps and weak areas were Hydro-Jected with wetting agent added.

Newer turfed areas were top-dressed.


All tees received an application of a granular fertiliser and the Hogan tees were verti-cut as required.


Weak and trafficked areas were fed with a compound, low nitrogen fertiliser.


Hard bunker floors were rotovated to loosen them up.

General Work

·        Irrigation pipe was ploughed into new turf nursery at 5th hole and other minor irrigation repairs were carried out as required.

·        Commercial turf was laid on nursery next to practice ground and behind the Golf Centre. Seeding work also took place around the Golf Centre.

·        Trafficked areas around the course were midi-tined as required.

·        Public putting green was solid tined, top dressed, fed and was verti seeded as required prior to re-opening.

·        Plastic Grass-Crete was laid on top of turf at gaps in fences behind and in front of 6th tee, this will prevent these areas from being worn down to the soil each winter by foot and machine traffic.

·        Golfers car park behind the Hotel was cleaned up


Turf Conditioners

The wetting agent dispatch was applied to higher spots on fairways whilst breaker curative or alternative product was applied to tees. The monthly application of Revolution was carried out early in the month.


Greens were solid pencil-tined during the month and fairways star-tined. Approaches were

midi-hollow-tined followed by top-dressing and brushing. Certain walk-offs and bridge approaches were similarly treated. Rubber crumb was applied and brushed in at bridge approaches. Walkways round the course were verti-drained and fairway high spots hydrojected. Certain greens also received hydroject aeration.


Greens were top-dressed in the middle of the month followed by the usual brushing-in and mowing. Re-turfed bunker heads were also top-dressed.


Various areas received a spring fertiliser dressing during the month. SSD (8-0-0) was used on green walk-offs and a 12-0-9 fertiliser was applied to certain walk-ways, the new 14th tee and recently re-turfed fairway areas on the 6th and 13th fairways. Newly turfed bunker heads were sprayed with a liquid fertiliser (12-0-7) combined with liquid seaweed. Greens received a 4-0-8 fertiliser late in the month.


The top-growth control product Primo-Maxx was applied to greens as part of a summer programme on the 13th of the month.

Selective Weedkiller

Selective weedkilling commenced with spot treatment in roughs.

Minor Turf Repairs

Worn-out turf was replaced beside winter mat positions as required and rabbit scrapes were plugged as required. Gorse stumps to the right of the 4th hole were removed and turfed over.


Greens brushing, mowing and rolling was carried out according to the slower than normal pick-up in growth. Strimming was undertaken round the course generally including round sprinkler heads. Fairways, tees, green approaches and surrounds were mown weekly and semi-rough and selected coarser full rough areas were mown at the end of the month.



Greens and approaches were top-dressed in the first half of the month.

2nd Tee

The 2nd tee required renovation following divot damage from The Dunhill in the main and to a lesser extent The Woman’s British Open last July. The tee was deep scarified using the Graden machine, hollow-tined and overseeded followed by top-dressing.

Bunker Maintenance

Bunker maintenance involved brushing new faces, trimming as necessary and sand shaping in the usual manner.


The monthly wetting agent treatment with Revolution was sprayed on greens in the middle of the month.


Fertiliser (4-0-8) was applied to the greens and approaches whilst tees were dressed with a (14-0-10) fertiliser. Previously re-turfed fairways, i.e. 7th, 9th and 14th were treated with a (12-0-9) product.


Solid pencil-tining (8mm tines) was carried out on greens, green approaches, surrounds and walkways towards the end of the month. Greens were power brushed along with approaches followed by mowing in the second half of the month.


Greens and approaches were lightly verti-cut towards the end of April. Mowing and rolling was carried out according to conditions throughout the month. Semi-rough and certain rough areas were mown at their respective heights late in the month and strimming was undertaken generally.

Environmental Work

Dr Bob Taylor made his annual visit on behalf of the R & A at the beginning of the month.

On the Championship course young gorse was planted around the new turf nursery at the 5th hole and on the burn banking behind the compost shed. Further Marram grass planting was carried out to the left of the 5th hole and on the mounds to the left of the 10th.

Young saplings were re-planted on the 6th, 7th & 16th triangle on The Burnside Course.

Further stump grinding was carried out in this area and some Scots Pines were planted on the 17th hole close to the service road junction at the 6th tees.

On The Buddon, gorse was cut out next to the service road to the left of the 11th hole along with some lower tree branches in preparation for the re-routed core/path service road. A number of pines were removed to clear the site for the new 12th green. Further gorse clearance was required to the right of the new 12th hole line and all cuttings were stock-piled for burning.

Glyphosate was sprayed over the required areas within the new hole locations after mowing while soft rush was strimmed back as required to deter birds. These areas of rush are targeted for transplanting into wetland areas within the development.

3 members of staff attended a sustainability seminar at St Andrews which included general waste recycling.

John S. Philp

Links Superintendent 


Friday 18th May 2012

Another good start to the week weather wise. Not warm but dry.

Another application of top dressing was applied to the greens.

Greens cut behind and rolled.

The 3rd green was overseeded before we top dressed

using the Greentek Dyna Seeders
The rest of the week there was not much growth so it was a case of either cutting or rolling.

Selective weed killing was started around the course.

Dangerous was up to his tricks cleaning out the sheds not with a brush but a blower!!
Stoor everywhere.

Down at the 18th, we have had a problem with a leaking pipe that goes across the burn alongside the bridge. We had to take concrete sleepers off to get to the pipe. Pipework repairs carried out by Callum Chalmers and our very own Dunc, as Gus our irrigation engineer is off after having an operation.

Also this week we had a visit from Richard Windows from the S.T.R.I
Here we have Sandy, The Godfather and Richard all conducting different tests on the greens.


Tuesday 8th May 2012

The sun is out but the temperatures are still low.

Yesterday we were out top-dressing greens and approaches,

dew brushed off the greens and approaches first with the tractor brushes then sand brushed in behind the dresser.

Areas then cut behind the brush

and rolled.
 A good drop of rain (3.5mm) at night helped the sand top dressing into the sward. 

After all that we went out and took our twice weekly readings with the moisture meter, clegg hammer(firmness) and stimp meter(speed).

Today, greens were rolled and we top dressed tees, certain green surrounds, the public putting green and the turf nursery.

Dangerous Jimmy has had a busy week so far. Here he is looking for balls in the burn whilst cleaning out any weed.

Romping the Links office garden, that shouldn't need cut for a month now!!

Cleaning out the waste water treatment system with the pump

(which the pipe had a hole in it and sprayed Alan's clean car with waste water).

Hope Sandy doesn't think just cause he has a new job he is going to get it easy. He better hurry up and hand cut the 1st tee as he has bunkers to rake after that!!!

Another job that has just been completed is down at the Golf Centre.

Golfers and delivery van traffic has worn out to the sides of the path.Plastic trackway has been inserted down the pathway and seeded.

Once the grass grows through this should tidy this area up.


Tuesday 1st May 2012

Been a while since my last post, things seem to be getting colder rather than warmer.
The course closed due to snow on the 3rd April.

A change on the Championship staff, Greig coming from the Burnside whilst Malcolm went the other direction.

Poorer weather at the start of the month meant jobs inside ie painting tools and cleaning out the sheds.

Once the weather cleared up both Hydrojects were out on the fairways and the greens.

Midi-tine coring around the course on walkways, selective tight areas around greens and new turf. These areas were then overseeded and top-dressed. Some of the areas also had rubber crumb brushed into the holes.

As we move into May, hopefully the temperatures start to pick up and we see a bit more of an even growth over the greens. Over the last few weeks we have brushed the greens and approaches to flick up coarse bent in front of the mowers.

Less cutting this month and a little bit more rolling.

Luckily, we either hand cut or use the Toro Hybrid mower on the greens. Here at the 16th tee a hydraulic oil leak is being repaired. 

No winner in last months "Find The Sprinkler" competition, so its a rollover.

Tricky one this month, answers to
or our irrigation engineer!!

Coastal erosion works are now complete by Angus Council at the mouth of the Barry Buddon.

We have another new seasonal this summer South African Danie.

Workshop team always busy.

Better give our cleaner a mention.
 Ping hates the rainy days because she has more cleaning to do. Sand everywhere!
Meanwhile, Congratulaions to Sandy Reid. Sandy is to take over from The Godfather at the end of June.
Sandy (35), who is married to Catherine and has a 1 year old daughter Harriet, hails originally from Blair Atholl. After graduating from Elmwood College in Fife he worked at Letham Grange for 3 years before making the move to Carnoustie where he has spent the last 7 years as Championship Course Head Greenkeeper. A keen golfer and curler (nickname - The Ginger Joystick), last year his curling team were beaten finalist in the Scottish Championships, Sandy said that
“It is an honour to be following on from John and I will do my best to ensure that the high standards set at Carnoustie continue. I’m looking forward to working with a fantastic team(including Craig, as he is the best greenkeeper i have ever seen ever) and meeting all future challenges”

Talking of John, The Godfather has not been too well lately. He was down at Porthcawl (Wales), where he was giving a few talks on the history of The Open and another about the changes in the golf ball through the years. Rumours that because of his likeness to Tom Jones, women were throwing their underwear at him are not true boyo.
  We all wish him a speedy recovery.