At various times in years past our kids made themselves a golfcourse,
football pitch, croquet lawn, badminton court and a swing-ball stance,
all on less than 4 acres. A child-propelled push-mower played a major
part in turning rough hill grazing into lawn. We encouraged their
interest in sports turf maintenance as much as possible, even going so
far as to save dogfood tins which they sunk in the grass as putt-holes,
and helping them find golfclubs in jumble sales. You'd be surprised how
many of our adult friends spent hours playing in our garden.
Go for it; you don't need to look for golfcourse standards, you can
work the drives and greens around plantations of trees and shrubs etc,
and you and your friends will have a lot of fun.
Golf greens are high maintenance. Bentgrass and bermudagrass are the
two most popular grasses used. Which you use is dependant on the zone
you live in.
Bentgrass is a cool season grass that stays green all year, but if
temperatures reach 85 degrees you must syringe (spray with water) the
green 3 or more times in a day to keep it alive. Bentgrass is used as
far south as Pinehurst, NC (zone 7b). At the Pinehurst golf courses
they use huge fans for air circulation on certain greens and syringe
all greens throught the summer months. By August the root system is so
shallow that they have to use liquid fertalizer just to provide enough
nutriant to get to the next cool season. Bermudagrass(hybrid is best)
is a warm season grass that will grow as far north as zone 7a. It goes
dormant in the winter and must be overseeded with rye. It is extremely
heat tolerant(less watering) and durable but poor in shade. Both bent
and bermuda must be cut with a real mower at least 4 times a weak to
prevent burning of the foliage. If you really want to get fancy
excavate soil and replace with 85% peat 15% sand(PGA specs). I
strongly advice against a golf green.
Whats not true or half true by any strecth of the imagination? Golf
greens are cut to a height of one eighth of an inch( give or take a
fraction or two). If you know of a rotory lawnmower that will cut that
short i'd like to know about it. If you cut more than one third of
length off a blade of grass you can get burning(browning)of the
leaves. In college we maintained a hybrid bermuda lawn. We mowed 3
times a week and almost allways burned the foliage. Don't know about
the PGA/USGA part, but if your right I guess that makes me only half
wrong about it. You can get around the perk part with a drainage
system under the green(there are specs for that too).
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