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Maintaining the Greens

All golfers are expecting a smooth putting surface when they get to the green. It may not be level or flat but should always be free of bumps and debris. That leaves the golfer to “read” the putt and determine how to roll it in given the topography.

There are several factors leading to unfavorable conditions on the green, some of which are natural causes, and many are man-made or self-inflicted. Those outside of the golfers control include height of the grass, dampness and wear, and fungus that may affect the soil and health of the surface.

Golfers themselves cause most damage to the greens which leave it in less than ideal condition.

One other major factor in health of the greens is aerification, or aeration, or plugging the greens. This is general maintenance performed once a year generally in summer or fall. It involves poking small holes in the green, and often removing small cores of dirt so the soil can breathe and regenerate. The result may look like the green has dimples, which sometimes are sanded, making conditions for putting nearly unplayable. As a golfer, just know the inconvenience is only temporary, and necessary to maintain the quality of the grass.

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