Some clubs do, others don't!

Using temporary greens during the winter season is often a contentious issue.

 As with many golf related subjects it elicits divergent viewpoints, with queries being raised as to why one club is on temporary greens and another is playing their normal greens. Like many other greenkeepers I often face this question during the colder, harsher winters.  To help clarify my thinking.

 We need to avoid playing on normal greens when:

 -  frost is visible on the surface of the green as the plants are frozen

and brittle.

-  the upper layer is thawed and the lower layer is frozen, foot traffic

can cause the roots to shear, so killing the plants.

There is no one-size-fits-all scenario, each course's greenkeeper must make a judgement after assessing the weather facts and taking account of the local ground.  That is, courses on firmer pure sand are at less risk than those on heavy softer clay based ones which are more liable to movement, such as here at The Glen.

The use of temporary greens is never taken lightly and it is far from the easy decision.  It is done to protect your course so we have good surfaces throughout the remainder of the year.

Des Kerr

Course Manager


Gents Winter Stableford Results - 3rd January 2019

1st -  Charlie Knight(Bathgate)-40 points -            £40                     

2nd - Greg Walker(Eastwood)-38points(bih)-      £30  

 3rd –  Norman Brown(Mortonhall) -38 points -   £20                                      

 (CSS: 70    for members and visitors)

Congratulations to all prize-winners and to Craig Terry of Mortonhall who had a hole in 1 at the 13th hole. Great entry of 48!

Visiting Party Winners Drawn

Well done to Kev Richardson from Morpeth Golf Club, this year’s winner. The prize Kev wins is a FREE fourball at The Glen during the 2019 season. Throughout the 2018 season visiting parties to The Glen were asked to complete an emailed questionnaire around 40% did so and were placed in a prize draw. Captain Jim Sear drew Kev’s response from among the pile of questionnaires received. We look forward to seeing you next year Kev.

Update on Winter Work

Good progress has been made on rebuilding and revetting bunkers on the course, along with verti-draining 60% of the greens.  However, the current spell of wet weather is delaying these major operations until such time as the ground conditions improve. Going into next week (w/c 26th) we plan to top dress fairways and tees. 


The Greenkeeping staff have plans to undertake both routine maintenance and special works during the course of the winter months. This has already started with more intense preparation of winter greens to ensure the surface is suitable for putting, for a temporary period should this be required either because of frost or working on particular greens. On-going work will entail remoulding and revetting bunkers, cutting back the rough, sanding and vert-draining of greens and tees. 

W/c  12 November  =  light sanding of all greens in progress

W/c  19 November  =  vert-draining of all greens and tees.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this work causes, but by devoting time to the course in the winter it should pay big dividends during the summer season, ensuring you have a super course to play on and that visitors also enjoy their experience.

Not more sand!

“I hear this quite a lot, our aim is to get 100 tonnes of sand on the putting surfaces each year. The sand injection or coring gets around 60 tonnes in total if done biannually, the remaining 40 tonnes is used when we apply 4-5 light dressings per year. We try to avoid sanding in the middle of the season, so that leaves the winter to complete this work. Sanding firms the surface, breaks down the spongy thatch layer and thus helps to prevent disease. Believe me I wouldn’t go out and disturb the golf, not to mention blunt the mowers and spend good money on sand if it wasn’t necessary. Everyone likes greens that putt like glass, what is glass made of ? - sand!”

Des Kerr,

Course Manager.

Summer Knockout Competitions 2018 - Results

Thank you to everybody who took part in this years matchplay competitions and congratulations to the winners as follows. All vouchers are now ready for collection from the Starters.

Gents - Glen Shield

Winner - Alan West

Runner-up - George Nisbet

Losing semi-finalists - Graham Probert & Ryan Lumsden

Gents Seniors Singles

Winner - Graham McKay

Runner-up - Iain Buntain

Losing semi-finalists - Dougie Stewart & George McNicoll

Gents 4BBB

Winners - Robin Sinclair & Gavin Blaney

Runners-up - Kevin Aird & George Nisbet

Losing semi-finalists - Keith Dickson & John McMorland, Stewart Mercer & Stuart McGillivray

Mixed Foursomes

Winners - Sheila Blackwood & Colin Fairgreave

Runners-up - Tom Rintoul & Anne Lafferty

Losing semi-finalists - Tom McGinley & Ann Nimmo, Dave Adams & Diana King