Golf as a pastime continues to grow in popularity. According to the National Golf Foundation, 36.9 million Americans participated in golf-related activities in 2020. With those numbers, golf managers and pros need to be diligent about maintaining every acre of their of the courses they supervise. If you are in charge of one, you can not just let nature take its course or you will end up running a weed-infested, pock-marked green space with algae-laden ponds and crusty sand traps. Swing into action by taking these measures to prepare and pamper your links.

Ponds

Water hazards are perhaps the least obvious and potentially most-neglected piece of course architecture; however, pond and stream upkeep is essential. Keep edges sloped so that golfers are less likely to slip into deep water. Remove tall debris at the edges. Consider pond fountain installation Florida to keep algae at bay by circulating water (and providing a classy look).

Bunkers

As odd as it may seem, smooth sand traps are one beautiful feature of a first-class golf course, both for aesthetic reasons and playability factors. You should take particular steps to control the condition of your bunkers. First, have maintenance crews attend to them every evening using motorized rakers; make sure they approach the bunkers from different angles so as not to create excessive wear in any one area. Second, manage the surfaces by ensuring proper drainage and keeping the sand to a depth of several inches.

Fairways and Tees

Water and mow the fairways and driving tees as necessary according to prevailing climate conditions. You will have to employ chemicals to keep the grass green to fight weeds and grass fungus. Try to do so sparingly for environmental considerations. Routinely repair divots on driving tees and the fairway; divots can overwhelm the landscape if you do not keep up with their replacement.

Greens

Mow greens according to the speed with which you want them to play. While greens will likely not bear extreme divots, they will accumulate gouges where balls land; smooth surfaces every night to ensure a flawless green the following day. Relocate holes according to a routine schedule both to challenge golfers and to spread out the target spaces where balls can land.

Golf courses see heavy use; in some regions, they welcome guests throughout the year. Because playing a round can be an expensive outing, golfers expect courses to be well-maintained. By following through with a daily routine on top of practicing long-term care, you can keep your links in tip-top condition.

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