BGCC Turf Bulletin
2019 Spring Green Speeds
With another cold start to the season, the weather again is following its own calendar. The 2019 season is off to a chilly start, similar to the last 3 springs.
Regarding the health of our greens and greens speeds for the summer ̶ the course is in fine shape coming through the winter. What the greens wait for now (as we all do), is some heat. Our present green speed is based on plant growth and soil temperatures. With these lower than average spring temps, greens are growing at a slower pace. We monitor this carefully considering the traffic the course sees. Soil temperatures are important for good plant growth and health. Greens presently are being cut slightly higher (slower speeds), keeping them healthy.
For the summer season… our priority on greens has always been keeping them healthy, followed by a green speed all members can manage and enjoy. This speed is posted in our Greens Committee Maintenance Guide…10 – 10 ½ feet.
As most members also know, course conditions and green speed directly relate to weather conditions. The Turf Department works very hard to give members the most consistent conditions while dealing with the most adverse weather.
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