Thursday, 26 May 2022
Buchanan Castle GC’s course manager, Ronnie Myles, retires on May 29th after 50 years’ greenkeeping, the last 15 years as head greenkeeper at the Drymen club.
In a busy career, Ronnie has also worked at clubs in East Kilbride, Erskine, Scarcroft, Cathkin and Helensburgh. At least 12 of the staff he has trained have gone on to become head greenkeepers themselves.
Ronnie says that while it is imperative to buy the right machines for purpose, reliable service and back up from a dealer also plays a significant role in the purchase. “I’ve known the Rae family for a very long time, so I know with Fairways we are in good hands.”
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
"Our old aerator served exceptionally well but was taking 4½ to 5 days to get around the greens. The fact that we have 28 greens means trading up to the speed of the Wiedenmann is essential. The GXi8 is a machine I know well. It will do them very neatly, to a higher standard, in just 1½ days … that’s more than three times quicker. That’s a significant amount of ‘freed’ time when our greenkeepers are as stretched," said Head Greenkeeper, Paul Wilkie.
Wednesday, 11 May 2022
The premium, equipped with a 17.3 hp Kawasaki engine, with its working width of 80 cm, brings access to even steeper slopes up to 50 degrees and a higher area performance of up to 3,000 m² per hour. It has optional uniquely shaped mulching blades as well as optional cleated crawler tracks for working on wet or loose ground.
Wednesday, 04 May 2022
"We have been seeing an increase in drought spells; obviously at the start of the year, we had a lot less water. Currently, we apply a wetting agent every four weeks and before the bowser, hoping that the rain would follow. But now with a bowser, we do not have to wait for the rain. We are in control… we can go when the weather is with us, when it is calm and better forward plan. We can put a surfactant down with the sprayer and then get in behind with the Hi-Spec," said Course Manager, Craig Berry.
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
“With an immediate requirement for a blower, I went straight for a Wiedenmann because of reliability and efficiency. Previously as course manager at Camperdown (Dundee), we had owned a Wiedenmann Whisper Twister, then later upgraded to a Mega Twister, so it is kit I know well, and its ability is proven,” said Course Manager Darren McKenna.