Here’s a new one for all you greenkeepers in England. What are you expecting to find once the snow cover melts on your greens? Unless you are managing a course in the highlands of Scotland it is unlikely that the majority of you have seen snow cover on your course last this long before.
Pitchcare’s cleverly juxtaposed articles in last months magazine on heights of cut for golf greens inspired me to rustle up some views on the topic from within the greenkeeping profession.
Hence I posted a thread on the subject of the Windows/Bechelet versus Evans approach to mowing heights for greens on the BIGGA’s Open forum to see what the mood was out there at the ‘coal face’.
Well the thread has had over 20,000 ‘views’ to date, making it by far the most popular thread ever. I guess that the two articles were also the most thumbed pages in Pitchcare last month as well.
This goes to show that green speeds are the single most emotive topic in golf course maintenance and rightly so, after all, the whole reason for playing the game, and thus having a Greenstaff, is to put your ball into the hole in as few strokes as possible.
Having got this overwhelming response, I thought that I would keep the ball rolling!
With the weather forecasters looking eagerly to the East at the moment (they love a bit of real weather), it looks like the cold winter (for England anyway) is set to continue, so I though I would drop in a few notes on golf and frost.
In an ideal world the simple rule would be, if it is frozen don’t play on it. The problem is greenkeeping, a job that could possibly be the best job in the world, is spoiled by golfers so simple rules do not apply. Just take a look at the set of rules that are needed to play the game!
A large part of this issue of Pitchcare (issue 18 April/May 2008) is given over to the much discussed and promoted subject of ‘sustainable golf’ and features organised, brave and forthright course managers who are striding up the rungs of sustainable progress.
More power them I say, I have never been in any doubt that firm, free-draining, true, fescue dominated stands are the only turf surfaces worth playing golf on. It is nothing new though, after all these keen sporting surfaces are as old as the game itself.