Golf Course Management

The USGA Green Section offers several helpful reminders to properly maintain your golf course, from choosing the proper specs for greens to dealing with bunkers, tees and roughs.

Buyer Beware
When in Doubt Spec It Out
Common Sense Cart Paths
Things to Do Before Contacting a Golf Course Architect

Helping Your Greens Make the Grade
Control Those Shrinking Greens
Managing Greens Under Stress
Optimizing The Turfgrass Canopy Environment With Fans
Stimpmeter Instruction Booklet
Measuring Green Speed on Sloped Putting Greens
It's Time We Put the Green Back in Green Speed
S.P.E.E.D.- Consider What's Right For Your Course

Dealing with Divots
Turf Management in a Battle Zone: Practice Ranges
Wee Tees
Home on the Range

Bunkers & Roughs
Help Your Bunkers Make The Grade
Selecting and Handling Sand
Checking Your Sand - Quality Control Begins at Home
Using Native Plants in the Golf Course Landscape
Natural Areas - Establishing Natural Areas on the Golf Course
Wildflowers on Your Course

Managing Trees
The Fall Harvest
Developing a Tree Care Program
Sometimes Mother Nature Needs a Little Help
Using New Technology to Solve an Old Problem: Trees
Man's Friend or Golf's Enemy?

Sprinkler Uniformity Evaluation
The Art of Handwatering
For Good Golf and Good Turf - Use Less Water

The Word "GREEN" In Golf
Mr. Green Committee Chairman
Green Committees
Communicate! Communicate! Communicate!
The Green Committee Chairperson: Are You Up to the Challenge? 
A Guide for Green Committee Members

Partner Links
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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

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