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Is Spring here?
With the golf season starting for many this weekend, with the Masters tournament in Augusta, if you haven’t played for a few months, some significant changes around the course will be noted.
Recent weeks have seen the completion of the green and bunkers on the 7th, the upgraded pathways on the 9th and the various tree plantations around the course. Several drainage projects are nearing completion, and credit should go to Gary Divers and his greenkeeping team, for keeping the course on excellent full greens all winter, especially through the wet conditions since December. Damp conditions are still forecast, but regardless of when you tee off, enjoy your golf!
Congratulations to the winners of this season's first Tuesday Medal competitions.
Entries are now being accepted for the Seniors team for the forthcoming season. The entry sheet can be found on the Senior's noticeboard. All members are welcome.
In the first in a series of biographies, over the next few months we will introduce you to a number of key club personnel and members. Starting with our Head Greenkeeper, Gary Divers, it gives everyone a chance to put faces to names, as well as giving away a few useless pieces of trivia. You have been warned.
Gary joined the club in March 2013 having worked in the golf industry most of his adult life. He started his golf career in Sunningdale no less, (where he assisted preparing the course for a European Open back in the nineties), before moving to Bearwood Lakes in Berkshire, and then spending 6 years at a similarly “drainage challenged” Ralston Golf Club on Glasgow’s South side. A number of years working on Golf Course construction projects followed, taking him to a host of European sites including Poland, Switzerland and Sicily, before returning home to the beautiful setting of Loch Lomond GC (where he helped prepare for a Scottish Open). It’s safe to say that there are one or two years of experience under that particular belt.
Residing in the Penilee area of Glasgow, Gary is also a keen golfer, initially picking up a club in Ruchill, Glasgow, and although currently playing off 13, he reached the heights of 5.7 when work commitments allowed. When not on golf or family duties, Gary is also part of a folk /country duo, The Journeymen. Gary turns his hand to the guitar and many more instruments besides, and has played recently in the club lounge.
On being asked what he enjoys about his job the most, he answered the question in two ways. The first was the members and the committee, who without their support and input, his job would be near impossible. In our case, its very much a positive scenario and allows him to get on with his role in transforming the course. Secondly, and more importantly, it is seeing where our golf course was a few years ago, how much it has progressed, but also by having the vision, shared by many others, on where our course can and will be. He assures us, we will see similar improvements over the next few years, but as with all things, the speed of this will be driven by the time and resource available, and not inconsiderably by our weather!