Thursday, November 8, 2012

Winter Wear Prevention

As the weather begins to cool down, the growth rate of bermudagrass starts slowing down.  This can create a challenge for the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Agronomy staff in our efforts to maintain consistent turf coverage throughout the course.  The amount of resort guest who play The Stadium Course remains consistent during the winter months.  With this high number of golfers, areas of high foot and golf cart traffic become much more worn down because of this decreased growth rate of the turf.  In order to minimize the damage to the turf in these high traffic areas, such as green walk-ons and areas along cart paths, the agronomy staff strategically places ropes around the course to better direct golfers to areas of less wear.  It is the goal of the agronomy staff to protect the turf as best as possible while also causing little inconvenience to our resort guest.

Damage due to high cart traffic and slow turfgrass growth rates
Rope lines have gates strategically placed throughout to direct golfers to the best entrance and exit points