Repairing Pitch Marks
The true measure of a golf course is its greens. You might have great vistas or tremendous routing but if your greens are bad its all anyone will remember.
Turf Care crews spends countless hours each week manicuring the greens to perfection. It’s only right that members and guests of the golf club should do their small part to assist with maintaining the putting surfaces by repairing pitch marks.
It is estimated that each golfer will make an average of 8 pitch (divot) marks in the greens during a round. Averaging about 220 rounds per daily means that we create over 1700 marks per day, over 52, 000 per month and 316, 800 per golf season.
A pitch mark that is properly repaired within 10 minutes can be fully recovered within three days while a pitch mark that is ignored or improperly repaired will take up to 3 weeks to heal.
So remember the rule of thumb to repair your pitch mark and at least one other on every green.
Aeration - May 17th, 18th, & 19th
1. We aerate to improve, not annoy
Putting greens receive more traffic than any other playing surface. The aeration process helps relieve the compaction caused by all that traffic. It also helps create a firm, smooth putting surface by controlling thatch and promoting healthy turf roots.
2. Scratch the thatch
Thatch is a layer of old plant material that accumulates at the soil surface. If thatch on putting greens is not diluted by aeration and topdressing, it will act like a sponge, holding water near the surface. Excessive thatch creates soft playing conditions, inconsistent green speeds and increases the risk of disease.
3. Timing is everything
Do you ever wonder why aeration is commonly performed when putting greens are playing their best? Aerating when grass is healthy and actively growing minimizes damage and allows for a quick return to optimal playing conditions. Aerating at other times may be more convenient for the golf schedule, but it lengthens recovery times, increases the risk of an invasion of weeds and could cause lasting damage.
Filling aeration holes with sand speeds up recovery and helps make the putting surface firm and smooth. (USGA/George Waters)
4. It’s not as bad as you think
It may seem like there are more holes than grass on the putting greens right after they’ve been aerated, but this is an illusion. Typically, aeration affects less than 10 percent of a putting surface.
5. Sand is part of the plan
A heavy application of topdressing following aeration may appear to make putting greens less playable. However, filling aeration holes with sand actually helps create a smoother surface. Sand also creates channels for water and air movement, dilutes thatch and helps putting greens recover from aeration more quickly.