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Links Manager featured in Open Preparations

TheOpen.com video focuses on golf course in build up to The Open.

29th April 2014
Working with nature,What golfers’ want
Craig Gilholm, Links Manager at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, with his greenkeeping team during the 2006 Open Championship  

A video has been posted on the TheOpen.com website which looks at the preparations being put in place to the golf course as the build up to the Championship gains momentum.

Craig Gilholm, Links Manager at Hoylake, reflects on The Open of 2006 and how he has learned from that experience and from his nine years heading up the greenkeeping effort at Royal Liverpool as he and his team prepare the course for the competitors, spectators and media that will descend on the Wirral peninsula this July.

This year The Open returns to Hoylake where one of the hottest and driest Opens in living memory presented a stiff challenge to the world’s best golfers in 2006


Craig’s focus is very much on fine-tuning the condition and presentation of the links for The Open.  The members at Royal Liverpool will still recognise the course they play each week of the year, despite the “manicuring” that is necessary to bring the course up to major golf event standard.

Rhodri Price, The R&A’s Director – Championship Operations, describes the care taken to protect wildlife as the mowing of spectator routes is carefully planned well in advance to encourage ground-nesting birds to utilise the expanse of rough grassland that will be left undisturbed.

18th grandstand
The horseshoe grandstand to the 18th green under construction

Craig and Rhodri are shown discussing the work required on the ground prior to the erection of grandstands and the tented village, including the innovative horseshoe grandstand that will surround the 18th green and provide a unique atmosphere to the 72nd hole at this year’s Open.

The best golfers in the world compete for the Claret Jug in conditions prepared by the Links Manager and his team.  The R&A acknowledges the key role played by Craig and his staff as we look forward to another thrilling Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.