News from the greenkeeper

Stuart joined Blair Atholl Golf Club in 2010 and brings with him a wealth of experience . He started his career with a year studying at Elmwood College at St.Andrews before moving to Tain Golf Club. He then advanced his career by moving to Letham Grange Golf Club working there for 6 years. He then moved to further his career by moving down south into England and the prestigous Hankley Common Golf Club in Surrey, he was at Hankley Common for 5 years. In 2006 the lure of working at one of the UK's best championship courses brought him back to Scotland and to Carnoustie, working as part of the Carnoustie team to ensure the 2007 Open Championship course was presented in its usual pristine condition. Stuart also worked at 4 Dunhill tournaments.

He is delighted to have been offered the opportunity of joining Blair Atholl Golf Club as Head Greenkeeper.

Stuart is keen to offer Blair Atholl members regular course news and updates , he says :

Winter Program

I am writing this report with heavy snow falling as we speak. Up until now the winter has been very kind to us but has decided to dump heavy snow on us stopping all outside projects. After a very wet summer in 2012 there were a couple of places on the course that the water was not draining from, this was due to heavily trafficked areas. These areas are to the left of the second and fifth greens. I have decided to lift the turf, rotovate and take away the clay soil. I will replace the soil with a fresh layer of gravel and sand topped up with some fresh compost. I will then complete the job by returfing these areas. The other major project is to extend the 8th medal tee. I have removed the turf from the tee and have been using the mole soil picked up and the cores from last year to build up the extension. Hopefully weather permitting this tee will be in play by April/May time. On going winter jobs are tree/branch cutting and bunker maintenance. Spiking all surfaces will be done when the weather allows. With the help of Frank Brennan and Graeme Millar all the machinery will have been serviced here at the shed to save on costs, including all oil and filter changes. Its at this point I would like to thank Frank and Graeme for all their help during the winter months. With their help servicing the machinery this has allowed me to get on with outside projects. Finally as we get closer to the start of the season all you golfers will be digging the clubs out of the cupboard getting ready for opening day. I am looking forward to seeing you all out on the course again, but just a reminder to all to please make sure you all replace divots and especially to repair pitch marks on the greens as an unrepaired pitch mark can take many weeks to recover.

Stuart Griffiths Head Greenkeeper

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