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Characteristics of the best playing surfaces

Characteristics of the best playing surfaces

Discusses the playing surfaces for golf and their characteristics. Presented in Beijing and Bangkok at The R&A Seminar on Sustainable Golf Course Design, Renovation, and Maintenance in Asia.

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Micah Woods

March 04, 2016
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  1. Characteristics of the best playing surfaces Micah Woods Chief Scientist

    | Asian Turfgrass Center www.asianturfgrass.com The R&A Seminar on Sustainable Golf Course Design, Renovation, and Maintenance in Asia March 2016
  2. Optimum playing surface: smooth, bounce, roll fine fescue Scotland

  3. bentgrass & bluegrass Kunming Focus on the primary playing areas

  4. Focus on the primary playing areas bermudagrass Hanoi

  5. Smooth, bounce, roll bermuda & carpetgrass Rayong, Thailand

  6. Smooth, bounce, roll manilagrass & carpetgrass Chonburi, Thailand

  7. Tifeagle & manilagrass Thailand Smooth, bounce, roll

  8. Tifeagle & manilagrass Thailand Smooth, bounce, roll

  9. Paspalum & ryegrass Shanghai Smooth, bounce, roll?

  10. Tools for data collection on the golf course creeping bentgrass

    Yamanashi, Japan
  11. Data, what is it good for? The data are only

    useful when they can be used as a decision making tool. • Identify a target range. • Learn what affects green speed, surface hardness, and soil moisture. • Use data and that knowledge to work more efficiently and improve playing conditions. fine fescue England
  12. Green speed, measured with a stimpmeter, as ball roll distance

    in feet. seashore paspalum Thailand
  13. None
  14. Modify the green speed by adjusting … - the mowing

    height - frequency of rolling - N rate - plant water status - grass species
  15. Lightweight rolling is very effective in increasing green speed. fine

    fescue Scotland
  16. Surface hardness, which I've measured with a Clegg hammer as

    Gmax. bermudagrass Singapore
  17. Surface hardness, which I've measured with a Clegg hammer as

    Gmax. bermudagrass Singapore
  18. None
  19. Modify the green hardness by adjusting … - soil organic

    matter - soil moisture content - sand topdressing - scarification - coring - other types of cultivation
  20. Sand topdressing is an important practice to control surface hardness.

    bermudagrass Thailand
  21. Volumetric water content measured with a Theta-probe or TDR-300 in

    %. bermudagrass Singapore
  22. None
  23. Modify the soil moisture by adjusting … - irrigation -

    soil organic matter / sand topdressing - drainage
  24. When organic matter accumulates, soil moisture can be high, with

    soft surfaces. seashore paspalum Hong Kong
  25. To get better control of soil water, manage the accumulation

    of soil organic matter. seashore paspalum Hong Kong
  26. None
  27. Smooth, bounce, roll bentgrass & bluegrass Kunming