Entries by Scott MacCallum

Credit Only Arrives In Adverse Circumstances

Well the clocks have sprung forward, spring has arrived and greenkeeping and grounds keeping teams throughout the land can witness the results of their winter programmes. There is a belief, particularly in golf, that greenkeepers do little more than paint a few marker posts, indulge in a little tree management and improve their three dart […]

Join The Discussion

The Turf Matters Forum is now LIVE! If you fancy airing your views, want to talk shop or need some advice, why not discuss it on the Turf Matters Forum? We’ve had some great discussions on the Turf Matters website and across our social media platforms and we love hearing your views. Now you can talk […]

Demain’s the name

Demain’s the name: When the name of the Professional Groundman of the Year was announced at the IOG Awards Dinner in November, there was one man in the huge function suite in the National Motor Cycle Museum, in Birmingham, not paying too much attention. Vic Demain, Head Groundsman at Durham County Cricket Club, in Chester-le-Street, was […]

Merry Christmas from Turf Matters!

I’m tempted to ask where these last 12 months have gone but I then step back and take a look at the strides Turf Matters has made over the last year, both digitally and with our bi-monthly hard copy. It is fair to say we have packed quite a bit in and we’ve needed every […]

Inside the Webb

Inside the Webb: Scott MacCallum catches up with Geoff Webb, the IOG’s Chief Executive and the man who steered Saltex to its new Birmingham home. With two successful editions of the new NEC Birmingham-based Saltex under his belt you would think that Geoff Webb would be relaxed heading into the third version of the new Saltex. […]

Whatever The Customer Wants

Whatever the Customer Wants: That legendary American industrialist, Henry Ford, who brought automotive transportation to the masses, was famous for many things, among them one of the best known quotes of the 20th century. The Model T Ford was the car which gave the American public the ability to travel and Henry’s quote was: “A customer […]

Transforming Greenock Morton FC

Scott MacCallum catches up with Mark Farnell, Head Groundsman at Greenock Morton, a man used to making the most of what he has got. There is groundsmanship going on all around us at every time of day, or year, and at so many locations that it would render your Sat Nav hoarse should you set […]

Day Of The Tetraploid

Day Of The Tetraploid: Wonderful work is being carried out by Top Green which will take sports surfaces to another level. Scott MacCallum dug out his passport to find out more about what is going on. A message to all turf managers who find themselves battling with a poor quality sward, disease or pest infestation. There […]

Who’d be Neil Stubley?

Who’d be Neil Stubley? Turf Matters Editor, Scott MacCallum, sympathises with Wimbledon’s top groundsman. The Head of Courts and Horticulture at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – Wimbledon has produced a fleet of outstanding courts again this year in weather not necessarily conducive to the growing of grass. The surfaces look supreme […]

Attack On 14 Golf Course Greens

Attack To 14 Course Greens – The owner of a Cambridgeshire golf club has said an attack to 14 of the course’s greens is the worst case of golf vandalism she has ever seen. Vivien Saunders OBE, who won the Women’s British Open in 1977 and is chair of the Association of Golf Course Owners […]