At Home on the Range

The United States is made up of 3 basic growing regions. We obviously are in the “Warm-Season Zone.” The benefit of being in this climate is having it be beneficial to Bermuda  grass as it thrives in the warm weather. Our golf course, for the most part is covered in various types of Bermuda grass. The genius of this type of grass is it is constantly repairing itself and trying to spread. It does this 2 ways, with rhizomes and stolons. Rhizomes grow under the earth, while stolons grow across the top of the ground. This benefit is specifically helpful to golf courses as over time Bermuda grass will eventually cover divots made by the golfer on the course. Where the Bermuda grass needs the help of the player is on the driving range.  We rotate the driving range because of the amount of traffic that the plant sustains to try to get it to grow over the divots that are made by the golfer. The ideal divot pattern for the recovery of the plant is long linear tracks with about 4 inches of Bermuda grass between tracks. This allows the plant on both sides of the track to maintain its health and produce stolons to grow over the area created by the divots. An additional side effect is the fact that this uses less turf in a limited space on the range and allows more players to use the area. If you could help us in this process it benefits both the grass and the player that would like to practice or warm up before their round of golf at TPC Tampa Bay.

“Keepin’ it Linear”…have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Replies to “At Home on the Range”

  1. Some of us don’t have nice thin divots when warming up. one might be very small and the next huge and so forth. So a nice line is all well and good but many of us would live somethiing more like small, large long, large wide, small small, huge huge huge. And the line could be easily 15-25 feet long each. I’ve hit more than a few divots that were over 6-12 inches long and 3-5 inches wide. So i could very easily be well outside your basic hitting area in a few swings. then what. 40 balls could have 6-10 quote parallel lines. And what about the area where my feet go. That gets torn up way worse than the divot area in most cases for my swings.

    Now would you rather have one relatively small mass grouping or 6-15 lines each 10+ feet long and a mixture of 1 inch to 4-5 inches wide. ANd that doesn’t count the areas that are grossly chewed up by my feet and cleats which can tear up the area worse than any divots.

    That’s why i always try to make small grouping and not lines. A) I don’t make small divots, and my feet make large chewing areas as my body turns, my feet also turn significantly chewing up the ground in that area.

    I have a tendency, especially when first starting my practice to heavily chunk the ball and have huge deep divots. Not relaxed and over swinging until get loose. But even then as I get more loose, the larger the size of my feet divots. My feet literally twist in the ground. And since my feet are about 1 foot long, that means each foot tears up about a 1 foot circle.

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