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|Golf courses are designed for one
specific need and that is a playing surface on which a small ball must roll or land
according to the chosen ground covering.
the best living ground covers that can be specifically managed for this
purpose. The range of grasses are chosen for the climatic characteristics of each grass
Overseeding Warm Season
greens is a practice found on most all Southern Golf courses for
both technical reasons to reduce turf damage on dormant greens and
fairways, and for esthetic reasons of beauty. Read
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USE OF SEEDED VARIETIES FOR GREENS?
Seeded varieties are generally
NOT recommended for high quality greens.
Although intensively managed,
weather conditions cannot be changed and the cool or warm season characteristic is still
the leading factor in choice. The amount of rainfall in a given area and whether the
variety is drought tolerant or water tolerant adds to the decision. Species varieties are
chosen for height, color, recuperative ability, germination speed, establishment time, and
texture. The different areas within the course require a variety of grasses and plants to
be incorporated for texture and maintenance schedules
||Each golf course has its own
distinctive character and locale and usage of the native species can be enhanced in many
ways. There are basic grasses that are used on almost any course and specialized varieties
especially developed for the golfing industry. They require intensive maintenance along
with pesticide and herbicide knowledge too extensive for general lawn use.
The cool season areas are
further divided by the extreme north, which uses creeping Bentgrass,
perennial Ryegrass. The Pacific coast of California uses creeping, colonial
and perennial ryegrass. The cooler interior of the U.S. uses creeping Bentgrass, Kentucky
Bluegrass and perennial ryegrass. The upper Atlantic coastal area uses creeping bent
grass, perennial ryegrass, Midiron Bermuda, and Zoysia
- Northern Courses
Tee areas in the cooler climate
are planted with a variety of bent grass called Penncross, which is a high maintenance
selection. Because it can be mown very low and still retain its density and fine texture
it is the best of its class. Kentucky bluegrass is grown on tees that are mown higher and
dont require the amount of maintenance as the Bentgrass. Kentucky blue grass still
delivers the fine texture, color and density expected on the finest courses that are
Fairways - Bluegrass
Hazards - Rough bluegrass & ground covers.
- Southern Courses
Predominant in the southern climate
are the Bermuda grasses. The varieties included are from common Bermuda grass all the way
to most select and improved varieties. These must respond well to the heat and extend as
far north as possible, drought resistant, is fine textured, fast repairing, low mowing
heights, color variations, and wearability, which are critical to the success of golf
courses. In the winter in the cooler part of the southern area perennial rye grass is used
to overseed until the Bermuda recovers from the winter.
WHY OVERSEED BERMUDA
IN THE WINTER?
Most of the varieties that are grown are the
"Tifs"; Tifway, Tifgreen, and etc. These are mostly all sodded or sprigged and very few varieties are in seeded
form. Zoysia grass is used in the temperate areas for fairways even though it is a warm
season grass. Other grasses that can be utilized on the roughs and landscaping can include
Bahiagrass, St. Augustine, common Bermuda,
- Tee areas - Hybrid Bermuda.
- Fairways - Bermudas & Perennial Ryegrass -
- Roughs - Bahias - St. Augustine, Common Bermuda, Ryegrasses
- Hazards - Selected grasses & groundcovers.
Use of Zoysia grass for Golf
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