Greens damage can occur on golf courses for a number of reasons, such as day-to-day traffic, environmental conditions, disease and, of course, vandalism. Being located here in the northern part of country we get some harsh and unforgiving winters that can result in ice damage and disease that can take extensive amounts of time and effort to repair.
Recently, our course endured some vandalism involving a quad or side-by-side that drove in circles damaging one of our greens. It takes time and effort to repair this, and involves over seeding and sanding, which can also cause damage to our reel mowers. That, in turn, will involve more time and effort in sharpening these pieces of machinery.
Disease can also cause extensive damage to golf courses. With the use of fungicides, golf courses are always in a battle with environmental conditions as it relates to turf disease. Shoulder seasons such as spring and fall can be adverse times as cool moist conditions can play a significant role in turf being affected. Disease can set in overnight and require an immediate spray to combat against further damage.
With disease and winter damage, there’s a point where sprays and chemical application can be too late and replacement is the only option. Replacement consists of over seeding and sanding, taking plugs from a nursery green or a practice green and replacing dead areas or an overall re-sodding of the green.
These are the main reasons greens can see damage throughout the year. But minimal damage can still occur through daily play from ball marks hitting the green. So, when you’re out there playing, fix your ball marks and two or three others. This well help the consistency of the putting surfaces.
— Craig Simpson