Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cultural Practices on The PLAYERS Stadium Course

On April 4, 2011 the Agronomy Team at TPC Sawgrass performed a critical cultural practice to all putting surfaces in preparation for The 2011 PLAYERS. As shown in the first video below, we utilized four triplex machines (two on each green) to perform vertical polishing of all greens. We chose to employ a circular mowing direction aiming to attack each turf plant at various angles. There are many other benefits we desire to achieve from this practice, including grain control and smoother putting surfaces. With the tournament being 38 days away, we were able to be aggressive with the vertical mowing. Balance between aggression and playability is key to ensuring that we are able to provide the greatest quality of product possible.

Directly following the vertical polish, we applied bagged sand in two directions on each green. We chose to apply a heavy rate of topdressing sand to "smooth" all imperfections on the putting surfaces. After the topdressing, we irrigated all greens to aid in penetration of the sand into the turf canopy.