Course news – 22 Dec 2020

Course news – 22 Dec 2020

Christmas and New Year arrangements

Temporary greens will be in operation from noon on Thursday (Christmas Eve) and will remain in use until the course is inspected on Saturday (Boxing Day).

The greenkeeping team will be out checking the courses on Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and 2 January.

The pro shop is open every day from 8am-4pm, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Covid update

Following the First Minister’s announcement that a move to level 4 will be put in place from Boxing Day (26 Dec), the following will be in place from this Saturday:

  • Groups of up to four golfers can continue to participate from Saturday (26 Dec) with no restrictions on the number of households
  • All tee times must be booked in advance and this can be done by booking online or calling 01674 672634
  • The professional shop will be closed for retail although you can call and order goods
  • Starter facilities will operate from just inside the door of the professional shop

Winter play – mat reminder

Both courses reverted to fairway mats at the start of November and the courses will be played to full length.

If you require a mat, you can purchase one from the professional shop for £6.50.

You don’t need to use your mat in the rough.

Winter greens are in use, when required, to protect our courses.

Winter tees will be in play from the start of January and although winter mats will start to appear on the 1562, they will remain out of play until the tee markers are moved to them.

Bunker construction

Bunker construction is almost finished with just the turfing around the tops of the bunker to be done. This will be done early in the new year.
We hope to vertidrain the greens again early in January but this will depend on weather conditions.

Vertidraining of the aprons and tees will also start in the new year, but again this will be weather-dependent.

Meet the team

In this section we give members the chance to meet the greenkeeping staff that work on the links.

Here we introduce you to Sean Walker.

Course mechanic Sean Walker

Sean has been employed at Montrose for 15 years, 2 of these were as an apprentice greenkeeper but Sean had a real passion for machine maintenance and pursued his career down this line

Sean’s favourite season is summer as he’s not a fan of the cold

At work Sean has said that fabrication is one part of the job he really enjoys.

He has made a few things that can be seen out of the course from light fittings on the green machines, brush mounts for the aprons machine and even a road grubber for levelling the roads.

Sean’s interesting facts are he is a keen beekeeper and has just recently produced his first batch of honey this year.

He has also been part of the AWR Racing side car team at the Isle of Man TT where he was a mechanic, and he has also been part of the former F1 side car Championship team Kershaw racing in the British championship.

You can find out more about Sean in this interview here.

1 Comment

  • Mike Alves Posted 30th December 2020 11:17 pm

    Congratulations to the greens staff for the excellent condition of the course on Boxing Day. Rather than take the easy option of leaving the frost greens in play you took care to present the course in its best possible condition for mid-winter, which was remarkably well conditioned and highly playable. Hats off to you guys – please keep up the good work!

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