Gleneagles mows ‘tartan tribute’ into fairway

By Alistair August 25, 2019 12:45 Updated

Gleneagles, host venue of The Solheim Cup, September 9-15, has paid a Scottish tartan tribute to welcome the biggest event in women’s golf.

In a special ‘creative takeover’ of the second hole on the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course, greenkeepers have transformed the pristine fairways of the iconic par five, 516-yard hole into a carpet of tartan with a painstaking, four-hour cutting makeover!

Showcasing technical expertise and industry-leading innovation, Gleneagles’ greenkeepers used a host of cutting techniques and state-of-the-art machines to create this unique homage to mark the arrival of the biggest event in women’s golf.

Craig Haldane, golf courses manager at Gleneagles, said: “This is our team doffing their hats to the heritage of golf in Scotland, showcasing turf care innovation and skill, and celebrating the arrival of what is set to be a global celebration of women’s golf.”

The greenkeeping team at Gleneagles will rise to 100 people for The Solheim Cup, where tournament standard conditioning will also extend to The King’s Course, host venue for The Junior Solheim Cup, and The Queen’s Course, that will remain open for member play during the week.

Gary Silcock, director of golf at Gleneagles, added: “With the level of greenkeeping resource we have invested in on all three championship courses, they are, quite possibly, the best-conditioned golf courses in the UK.”

Several people in the greenkeeping industry are commenting on this story on LinkedIn.


By Alistair August 25, 2019 12:45 Updated

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