A golf course, also called “the green” (and rightly so), isn’t just a place where players get to show off their skills at hitting a tiny white ball great distances. Those in charge of maintaining these lush surfaces take great pride in keeping the course up to high standards of perfection. Taking care of these is more a labor of love than just a job, and making sure that everything is up to code, day in and day out, is no mean feat.
That being said, here are a few maintenance tips to help you make your golf course rise above the competition.
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Adding Flower Beds
What lures most golf aficionados to their course of choice is the glow of the green. There is much to be done to increase the appeal, as the strategic placement of planter flower beds. This is especially suitable for parts of the course that do not receive much playtime action. Since they are arranged in flower pots, you can easily transport them to a more suitable environment during the cooler months. Furthermore, it will reduce the amount of grass that you have to take care of.
The grass is, of course, one of the main pillars of a successful golf course. Choosing the right type might be a bit challenging since you need it to be both lush and resilient, but doing a bit of research on the subject will surely lead you to the solution. Once you find your brand, you need to keep it radiant. Avoid overwatering your lawns since golfers really don’t like getting their shoes muddy. Also, that way you’ll encourage fungus growth and turn your green into an unpleasant brown. Water it just right and add necessary nutrients to keep both your grass and the golfers happy all year round.
They may ensure more efficient play, but golf carts can actually do harm to your lawn. In order to keep things as they should be, players have to follow the signs regulating cart traffic so no part of the land can be harmed by the cart’s weight. They are never to be permitted on the green and over places likely to be wet. If you do offer this kind of luxury transport, make sure your club members are well aware of the rules of conduct, so you can keep your lawn at its best.
Few other institutions have come close to using as much water as a golf course does. Therefore, the lighting fixtures are bound to get wet one way or another, and waterproofing them is advisable since deterioration due to moisture can become visible after only a few days. Resin, for instance, is a great way of waterproofing your lighting. Not only does it look good, but it is 100% resistant to corrosion and is never going to rust, making your investment in light really worth your while.
However, it’s not all about practicality, and we mustn’t forget that style plays a significant role in a golf course’s appeal. Although golfers don’t play after dark, there are times where adequate lighting is necessary, apart from the fact that it leaves a great impression. There are a number of types you can choose from, decorative, casual (such as in-ground or tree lighting fixtures), and just plain practical. Keep the electricity bills down by using LED bulbs which are both long-lasting and reliable.
Leave Enough Trees Around
While many are of the opinion that cutting down trees is a great way to increase airflow and improve turf quality, this is not always the case. Trees provide the much-needed fungicide inputs which improve turf quality. Also, they are an effective way to frame a golf hole and restrict neighboring views. Aesthetically, trees may have a significant impact on the overall appeal. A large specimen tree will be the focus of the landscape, and various shades of green with all their textures, shapes and sizes are favorable in order to add to the beauty of the course and attract an array of birds and wildlife.
Although a golf course should be uniform, with a firm and level green, there’s always room for something different. Why not break the monotony with a man-made lake, for example, a tricky sand dune or some sculpture to add to the golfing experience? Drawing people to and keeping them at a golf course is a challenge, but once all the practical and aesthetic details come together in a harmonious fit, they’ll have enough reason to choose you over the competition.
Golf course maintenance requires skill and above all dedication. It is a never-ending effort to be admired, but also appreciated. The course will only stay appealing if everybody takes care of the turf they maintain and play on. Golfers have to be aware that they have to leave the course in the best possible shape for other players that follow, thus doing their part in the general and successful course upkeep.