Renfrew Golf Club, an 18-hole parkland course on the outskirts of Glasgow, has switched to a total Scotts nutrition and control programme after being impressed by several of the company's products.
Course manager Fraser Ross was so pleased with the products, as well as the superb level of service and advice he receives, that he signed up to the comprehensive programme late last year. "Their products do what they say on the tin and are very effective," he enthuses. "I am using Re-Act selective herbicide, Heritage fungicide, plus Invigorate granular fertilizer, which has really improved turf health and colour."
Fraser has also applied the turf growth regulator, Primo MAXX, to the course's greens and semi-roughs. "I've found it really helps reduce the quantity of cuttings and mowing times," he adds. "We probably finish 20 minutes earlier now. Primo MAXX has helped the turf to better withstand drought too because it increases root length and the overall health of the sward."
However, it was the quality of the support that Fraser received from Scotts that proved the deciding factor in the total move to the company. "I have known Gary Smith [Scotts' turf and amenity advisor] for over 10 years and I trust his opinion because he always gives me excellent technical advice. His knowledge and experience have really helped me improve quality on the course."
Photo caption: Renfrew Golf Club course manager Fraser Ross (left) discusses the improvements to greens with Scotts turf and amenity advisor Gary Smith.