arbroath golf links
The greenkeeping staff under the guidance of Head Greenkeeper, John Beattie are undergoing a programme of upgrading and improving the golf course including the re-positioning of bunkers and the re-construction and enlarging of teeing grounds, allied to that old greenkeeping methods are used and treatments applied to help maintain the turf in a true links condition. The picture shows (from left) Ally Wylie, Ryan Lesley and John Beatie ready for action.
John Beattie is a local man, schooled at Warddykes primary and Arbroath Academy, left in December 1984 starting as a trainee at Carnoustie Golf Links in January 1985. On completion of training he was given the job of Burnside course foreman in 1990. In august 1992 he left Carnoustie to become the Deputy Head Greenkeeper at the West Lancashire golf club. He returned to Carnoustie in 1994 and in December 1995 he became Championship course foreman. He then became Head Greenkeeper on the Championship course during which time he prepared the course for the 1996 Scottish Open and the much awaited 1999 Open Championship also 5 Dunhill Links Championships. John left Carnoustie to join the staff at Arbroath in 2005 and has made several excellent alterations to the golf course in the very short time he has been head greenkeeper at Arbroath.