COURSE CARE
Hot Tips for This Summer July 28, 2011 By Pat Gross and Brian Whitlark

(L) A significant amount of water can be saved by eliminating irrigation in out-of-play areas of the rough, such as around tees. (R) To encourage bermudagrass recovery, follow a protocol of aggressive core aeration in several directions, water generously, deep tine, and sand topdress at a rate of 10-50 tons of sand per acre. 

 

 

Issue: 

Some golf courses in the Southwest must comply with a mandatory 20% reduction in water use or face severe penalties.

Solution: 

Eliminate irrigation in out-of-play sections of the rough or completely remove turf in out-of-play areas and re-landscape with more drought tolerant plants. 

Links: 

Water Issues Facing The Turfgrass Industry 

Why Can't Our Irrigation System Keep Up? 

 

Issue: 

Poor transition in fairways from perennial ryegrass to bermudagrass in early summer.

Solution: 

To encourage bermudagrass recovery, follow a protocol of aggressive core aeration in several directions, water generously, deep tine, and sand topdress at a rate of 10-50 tons of sand per acre.

Links: 

Breaking The Winter Green Addiction 

I Want It Perfect - NOW!