Scuff Marks on Greens ~ Course Update

September 3, 2015 Dean Baker

Scuff Marks on Greens

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This is Dean in his younger years :)

We have a minor issue with scuffing from player’s feet as they walk across the green. This comes as a result of 2 things:

  1. Some players are dragging their feet when they walk on the greens and turning their feet especially around the pin flag. The solution to this is to be aware and avoid dragging or turning your feet on the greens.
  2. Aggressive spikes on soft greens – In the heat of the summer, we are less aggressive on our greens with cultural practice such as topdressing & brushing. This helps to lessen the stress on the plant, but results in the plant laying flat which then gets spiked up by aggressive spikes and heavy traffic. We have investigated a friendlier spike but have found the ones we use are the best for most conditions.
  • We suggest during these times of stress we ask the members not to get their spikes changed, as the new spikes no matter what kind, are adding to the problem.
  • Also with new spikes, they tend to be more damaging the first few rounds after they are changed, or before they’re broken in. So please be aware of this when you decide your spikes need to be refreshed and remember to please pay extra attention on the greens when they have just been changed.
  • We suggest after completion of the hole (everyone has putted out), that you kindly tap down any marks around the hole to make it better for the group behind you.

As we practice good golf etiquette, here is one more to help your fellow member behind you.

Questions or Concerns, do not hesitate to contact
Dean Baker (Course Superintendent) (

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Dean Baker

Dean Baker, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (Since 1989). He joined Burlington Golf & Country Club in 2012, where he has enjoyed the remodeling and renovation of this historic 1922 Stanley Thompson design. Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he remains involved with the program he graduated from, Associate Diploma in Turf Management. There he lends his expertise as an instructor to upcoming turf managers, by instructing the Human Resources for Turf Managers Course.

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