Friday, May 17, 2013

The Toll of Traffic

One of the more challenging parts of the golf course to maintain are the approaches to the greens.  The mowers and rollers turn here coming off the greens, and the fairway mowers have to turn here as they near the green.  This spring, with below average temperatures, the Bentgrass has been slow to grow, leading to longer than normal recovery from traffic injury.

Interestingly, Merion's Director of Golf Course Operations, Matt Schaffer, indicated that because of the compaction they experience, the approaches were the one area that would be core aerified this spring, prior to The US Open.

Even with smooth tires, equipment causes wear and tear on the turf.

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