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The Castle Course: Holding back the floods on 6


This winter, the greenkeeping team redeveloped the approach to the 6th hole of The Castle… Read on

March 18, 2020

Winter maintenance on the Old Course


It has been a busy winter so far on the Old Course. Mild weather until… Read on

February 27, 2020

New Course putting green and 1st tee work pt.2


If you haven’t already, click here to catch up on the beginning of this project… Read on

December 12, 2019

New Course putting green and 1st tee work pt.1


One of the main greenkeeping projects at the Links this winter is the reconstruction of… Read on

November 8, 2019

Fibion Chikwaya’s Links greenkeeping experience


From Royal Harare Golf Club in Zimbabwe, Fibion Chikwaya recently made the long trip to the… Read on

November 1, 2019

What is hydrojecting?


One of the key elements to healthy turf is oxygen. As turf managers, we need… Read on

August 28, 2019

An ‘Open invite’ for greenkeeper Natasha


Every year, the R&A invites a greenkeeper from those courses on the Open Championship rota… Read on

August 2, 2019

The Open 2019: Supporting a special Championship


For the first time in 68 years, The Open Championship was held outside mainland Britain… Read on

July 30, 2019

New road on the Old Course pt.2


It has been a little while since pt. 1 of my blog (which you can… Read on

July 25, 2019

101st US PGA Championship: A greenkeeping grand slam


In August 2017 it was announced that the 2019 US PGA Championship would be moved… Read on

June 28, 2019

Top turf men: A meeting of the minds


Recently, I was lucky enough to visit the Allianz Arena, home to FC Bayern Munich…. Read on

May 10, 2019

Shell Bunker reconstruction pt. 2


If you haven’t already, click here to catch up on the beginning of this project… Read on

April 4, 2019

Bunker improvements at The Castle Course


After maintaining the greens, bunkers can take up the largest amount of man hours. It… Read on

March 19, 2019

First tee and putting green revamp for the Castle


Practice facilities are an important part of any golf complex and over the years the… Read on

February 8, 2019

Rewarding work experience at the Home of Golf


I was so fortunate to be selected as the 2018 Toro Student of the Year,… Read on

January 16, 2019

New road on the Old Course pt.1


What a start to this winter’s maintenance programme. The weather has been mild so far,… Read on

December 12, 2018

Shell Bunker reconstruction pt. 1


It’s that time of year again where construction is on the agenda for the greenkeeping… Read on

December 1, 2018

Annual divot plugging on the Old Course


As we move into the winter period, each year the process of plugging out divot… Read on

November 28, 2018

Director of Greenkeeping to bid farewell to the Home of Golf


For over 600 years the Links has evolved and witnessed the coming and going of… Read on

November 20, 2018

Greenkeeping at the 2018 Ryder Cup


In December last year I received an exciting phone call to say that I had… Read on

October 18, 2018

From the longest hole to the oldest course


When you’re not playing your best and bounces don’t go your way, a round of… Read on

September 21, 2018

The Senior Open Championship in photos


Last week, The Senior Open Championship was played at the Home of Golf for the… Read on

August 1, 2018

Summer is firing up the Links


During late May and early June, we’ve had seen some perfect conditions to help present… Read on

June 28, 2018

Life on the Links as a seasonal greenkeeper


In April, we welcomed the new seasonal staff to our greenkeeping department here at the… Read on

June 20, 2018

Cutting edge grass


Last week, myself and managers from our Greenkeeping Department visited our seed supplier’s head office… Read on

May 24, 2018

Irrigation upgrade: The Castle Course pt.3


The final phase of the irrigation upgrade at The Castle Course involved: Installing a new… Read on

May 7, 2018

Through a greenkeeper’s lens


There are times when being a greenkeeper can be physically and mentally demanding and generally… Read on

April 26, 2018

Irrigation upgrade: The Castle Course pt.2


The main part of the irrigation upgrade was to replace all 635 sprinkler heads across… Read on

February 15, 2018

Old Course: 12th championship tee rebuild


During the course of this winter, we have been busy on the Old Course with… Read on

February 6, 2018

Irrigation upgrade: The Castle Course pt.1


Over the last few months we have been working towards improving our irrigation system at… Read on

January 16, 2018

New features for the New Course


Last month saw our greenkeeping team undertake the main construction project in this year’s busy… Read on

December 20, 2017

The frost effect


At this time of year it’s quite normal to wake up and discover that it’s… Read on

December 15, 2017

Strathtyrum Maintenance Day


The Strathtyrum Course had its annual closure at the start of November. This was to… Read on

November 16, 2017

Old Course winter work commences


Now we are officially in low season that’s the signal for winter works to start… Read on

November 3, 2017

Qualifying to chemical spray


One of the most important aspects of greenkeeping is being able to apply pesticides correctly… Read on

October 25, 2017

Pearlwort – the precious weed


Managing fine turf is a constant battle with nature. From poor weather to fungal diseases,… Read on

August 21, 2017

The Castle Course hosts Women’s Open Qualifier


The Castle Course hosted its first major event on the world stage yesterday. Lady golfers… Read on

August 1, 2017

Tournament preparation


Now we are really in the middle of the golfing season all eyes have been… Read on

July 17, 2017

April showers – not this month


April in Scotland – usually a time for rain and lots of it! This year… Read on

April 24, 2017

Fine tuning The Castle Course


Some people may think we put our feet up and get the cards out once… Read on

April 11, 2017

Course Supervising at the Home of Golf


St Andrews Links Greenkeeper, Craig Berry, reflects on the first nine months of his new… Read on

March 15, 2017

GIS Show: The greenkeeping world meets in Florida


At the start of February (from left to right in image below) Gordon Moir (Director… Read on

February 27, 2017

Inspiring greenkeepers of the future


SRUC (Scottish Rural College) Elmwood are an educational facility 10 miles from St Andrews that… Read on

February 22, 2017

Boundless work on The Castle Course fencing


Over the years, the boundary fence on the coastal side of The Castle Course has… Read on

February 3, 2017

Cheape’s bunker restoration


Our winter programme has been blessed with some pretty kind weather, so much so that… Read on

January 16, 2017

New machinery helps drainage at The Castle


With drainage a priority again this winter at The Castle Course and wanting to maximise… Read on

December 13, 2016

Alterations to 4th and 15th Jubilee


Our busy winter maintenance programme continues with work currently taking place on the 4th and 15th holes of… Read on

November 11, 2016

Natural dune screening on the Jubilee


The golfing season might be winding down but it has been a busy few weeks… Read on

November 1, 2016

Open sand areas restored on the New Course


Golf originated here on the now famous St Andrews links land hundreds of years ago…. Read on

October 24, 2016

My experience as a seasonal greenkeeper at The Castle


Finding the right opportunity as a seasonal greenkeeper still learning the craft can be tough. There… Read on

October 18, 2016

Course preparation for August tournaments


August is one of the busiest times of the year for the Eden greenkeeping team… Read on

August 26, 2016

What it’s like to play the Old Course


A visitor’s account of a once in a lifetime trip to the Home of Golf… Read on

August 3, 2016

Drainage at The Castle – Part 2


Earlier this month we blogged about a wet winter and drainage operations at The CastleCourse. Catch… Read on

April 25, 2016

Drainage at The Castle – Part 1


After what seems like months of rain during the winter, the importance of drainage was… Read on

April 15, 2016

STRI visit the Links


Over the last week all seven of our courses here at the Links have received their annual spring… Read on

March 30, 2016

Repairing pitchmarks


With the Masters only a month away and many golfers already thinking about getting back… Read on

March 9, 2016

Greenkeeping award for St Andrews Links


Last month saw over 7000 greenkeepers from all over the country making their annual pilgrimage to Harrogate… Read on

February 16, 2016

Winter maintenance on the Eden Pond


The St Andrews Links greenkeeping team have this week been working on tidying up part of… Read on

February 4, 2016

A decade of greenkeeping at The Castle


In 2005 the first turf was cut and work began on ‘Course Number 7’ at… Read on

January 12, 2016

Tee construction on the New


It’s mid December which means our greenkeeping teams are well underway with their winter maintenance… Read on

December 16, 2015

A season to remember: Jon Wood


Course Manager at The Castle Course, Jon Wood reflects on an eventful first season back at… Read on

October 30, 2015

Renovations and recovery


In the run up to and during the 144th Open Championship here in July, the Golf Academy… Read on

September 28, 2015

Advanced Reservations FAQs


With the window for 2016 Advanced Reservations applications forms closing on Monday (14th September), we… Read on

September 11, 2015

Waste to water


Our Greenkeeping team recently installed a brand new eco-friendly piece of equipment to wash down machinery… Read on

September 1, 2015

How to renovate fine turf areas


My name is Natasha and I am a Greenkeeper based at the Eden Greenkeeping Centre here at… Read on

August 24, 2015

Guide to bunker maintenance


Although bunkers represent a very small portion of the total golf course playing area, they… Read on

August 11, 2015

Rebuilding Hell Bunker: Time-Lapse


This time-lapse was recorded as the Old Course Greenkeeping team, led by Course Manager Gordon… Read on

July 8, 2015

The Links Trophy marker’s call


A quiet weekend was turned upon its head when a call from John Grant, Tournament… Read on

June 18, 2015

Keeping the mowers sharp


It is vital that our greenkeeping equipment is kept up to scratch at all times… Read on

May 15, 2015

Eden 5th green set to reopen


Over the winter months, we’ve been keeping you up to date with our changes to the… Read on

April 17, 2015

How to repair a pitchmark


Despite the wintry weather returning to the Links in recent days there have been a… Read on

February 25, 2015

Rebuilding Hell Bunker


One of the major winter maintenance projects the Old Course greenkeeing team have undertaken over winter is… Read on

February 4, 2015

Eden 5th green renovations complete


The renovations to the 5th green of the Eden Course are now complete. Golf course architect,… Read on

January 15, 2015

Greenkeeping Q&A


Last month we invited you to put your questions to our Director of Greenkeeping, Gordon… Read on

December 9, 2014

Eden 5th green renovations – update


A good start has been made to the project in the first week despite some… Read on

November 18, 2014

Renovation underway on 5th green of Eden Course


The 5th green on the Eden Course has had an ongoing issue with flooding due… Read on

November 5, 2014

Links Course Manager returns to Gleneagles for Ryder Cup


Castle Course Manager Allan Patterson was Course Manager at the Kings and Queens before he… Read on

October 6, 2014

Castle Course Q&A


The newest addition to St Andrews Links, The Castle Course opened in 2008 becoming the… Read on

September 30, 2014

Dunhill preparations


It hardly seems a year since the last Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old… Read on

September 24, 2014

The Fairy Ring


For those of you that have ever wondered what those darker green, circular and wavy… Read on

August 25, 2014

Wildlife on the Links


While playing at St Andrews Links you should keep your eyes open for the local… Read on

July 29, 2014

Bumble Bees & Wild Flowers


Bumble bee numbers have declined by 70% over the past 40 years driven mainly by… Read on

June 27, 2014

Old Course Starter Q&A


Last month we invited you to put your Twitter questions to our Old Course Starter. How… Read on

June 16, 2014

Verticutting the Old Course


Aggressive growth of the grass sward on the Old Course putting surfaces is not unusual… Read on

May 26, 2014

Director of Greenkeeping Q&A


Last month we invited you to put your questions to our Director of Greenkeeping, Gordon… Read on

May 15, 2014

April’s Greenkeeping operations


Catch up on some of the greenkeeping operations that took place across the Links in… Read on

April 30, 2014

Caddie Manager Q&A


Last week we invited your questions on Twitter to put to our Caddie Manager, Robert Thorpe…. Read on

April 1, 2014

Grass growth


The weather may have improved recently with some sunny and warmer days but it’s worth… Read on

March 18, 2014

Winter work on The Castle


Over the winter months we have been working on our programme of on-going course alterations… Read on

February 24, 2014

Plugging away on the Old Course


Just prior to Christmas, the St Andrews Links greenkeeping team were busy replacing divots on… Read on

January 9, 2014

Autumn renovations


We’ve had a busy last few weeks on the Old Course with autumn renovation works… Read on

November 1, 2013

The hole truth


The golf hole is somewhere that every golfer on a course goes and this is… Read on

October 3, 2013

The caddies of the Dunhill


As the dust settles on another championship at St Andrews Caddie Manager Robert Thorpe reflects… Read on

September 30, 2013

Gearing up for the Dunhill


So another tournament is on the way; this time of year sees the return of… Read on

September 20, 2013

Guide to rolling greens


An increasing trend in maintaining greens over the past 10 years has been greens rolling…. Read on

September 4, 2013

Astroturf Faced Bunkers


In July 2011 we worked with a company called Envirosports Ltd to rebuild the bunker… Read on

August 15, 2013

WBO preparations underway


Next week the Old Course plays host to the 37th Ricoh Women’s British Open. Preparations… Read on

July 26, 2013

The art of irrigation


It’s been great to experience the recent dry spell. Only 9mm of rain has fallen… Read on

June 28, 2013

Taking the rough with the smooth


It’s normal that in June the rough is at its thickest. The warmer weather encourages… Read on

June 17, 2013

Rygrass control in Links turf


A fine example of beautiful links turf is the 16th green on the Jubilee. It… Read on

June 10, 2013