Turf Bulletin ~ 2019 Spring Green Speeds

May 13, 2019 Dean Baker

BGCC Turf Bulletin

2019 Spring Green Speeds

May, 2019

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.

About the Author

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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