The golf course is a beautiful thing that requires regular maintenance to keep it in the best condition for its members. Greenkeeping is a challenging job on the golf course and here we highlight some of the day-to-day tasks that have to be performed.
The golf course is beautiful and requires daily care and maintenance to ensure it remains in top playing condition for many of its loyal members. When faced with constantly changing weather conditions and bad maintenance tasks, or greening, as it is called in the industry, can be a challenging but rewarding prospect.
The Diligence Of A Greenkeeper
Depending on the size, standard and condition of the golf course the number of green guards required to maintain the course may vary. Larger courses may have a head green guard, supervisor and then a number of assistant green guards and trainees. There are a number of professional qualifications that can be completed if you want to reach the pinnacle of a career as a green guard and on-the-job training at your local golf course will certainly help with those things.
All year round mowing can dominate the daily goalkeeper chore list especially in the spring and summer when grass grows at an accelerating rate. An important aspect of any golf course is ensuring greens are kept in pristine condition. Therefore these will be cut daily, usually to a height of between 3mm and 5mm. A three-cylinder lawn mower ride with a grass-collector box will be used for this. It is also common to cut greens with a hand-driven cylinder mower; especially on newly seeded greens or when the weather is wet do not allow the use of a ride on a lawn mower.
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Other important areas that contribute to the appearance of a golf course are tee boxes, green surrounds, and fairways. Again, these will usually be trimmed using a lift on a cylindrical lawn mower. On the fairway it is not uncommon to see this job done using a 5 gang mower to help cover the ground faster. A golf course fairway area is a large area and it is no small task to keep it in playable condition which is typically between 12mm and 18mm. These areas will be buried about 3 times per week.
The rough, which golfers want to avoid, will be put out on average once per week. These are left longer than the fairway and can sometimes be cut into first and second pieces set at increased height. A lawn mower will be used for this job.
With the cutting under control there are some golf course jobs that are more organized. Changing the holes, or pin positions, will usually be completed twice a week. This ensures that certain green areas do not become worn or compacted. It also provides new challenges for regular golfers. Each green will also have some of the more difficult to approach positions and these will often be reserved for competition play.
Bunker racking and edging are also requirements. It is good etiquette for golfers to sweep bunkers, or sand traps, after use although this is not always the case. A three-wheel ride on a machine called the bunker rake will be used to sweep the entire bunker. It has three toothed blades on the back that sweep across the bunker, covering a large area quickly. A hand tool will be used once a month for the bunker edge of planted grass. Further monthly work will cover flymo-ing water hazard banks.
This short article has covered some of the greening aspects of a golf course and the tasks and work discussed are carried out every week to week. However there are a number of other maintenance jobs that are carried out throughout the year. This can be accomplished by the green keeper if the golf club has suitable machines or by a sports field contractor. Types of maintenance will include deep tine aeration, hollow tining, earthquake, top dressing and monitoring.