Golf courses require daily maintenance and care to help ensure they look their best and live up to the members standards. A greenkeeper is one of the most important jobs in the golf industry. They have to deal with ever changing conditions from weather and irrigation to pest and changing seasons.
The number of greenkeepers can vary based on the size and wealth of the golf course. Large golf courses might have greenkeepers, supervisors, assistants and a variety of other employees. Greenkeepers go through a number of professional qualifications and the more training and experience they have the better the golf course they can maintain.
Mowing and lawn control are one of the main priorities that face a groundkeeper on a daily basis. One of the most important parts of a greenkeepers job are caring for the green. Greens are ussually cut daily between 3mm and 5mm. Greenkeepers use specialized mowers for cutting the greens. They even use hand pushed mowers when conditions aren’t pristine.
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Other important factors in maintaining a great golf course are the tee boxes, fairways and hazard areas. These type of areas are usually cut with a riding mower. Fairways can be cut using a 5 gang method to help greenkeepers save time. Fairways must be cut between 12mm and 18mm. They are cut on average of 3 times per week.
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The rough is cut about once per week. t can be mowed in increasing cuts the further out from the fairway you go. A rotary mower would be used for this type of work.
When the mowing is complete the greenkeepers have a few other tasks that they must complete. They change the holes and pin positions about twice a week. This helps make sure that a green doesn’t see too much unnecessary wear. It can also provide new challenges for regular golfers. All greens have tough hole positions.
Raking the bunkers and edging are also quite important. It is good etiquette for golfers to rake bunkers but they still need to be well groomed. They use what is called a bunker rake, which is a three wheeled machine for maintaining the bunkers. They use hand tools for edging the bunkers and sides of the greens.
This article has covered just a few of the jobs performed by greenkeepers. There are however a large number of other maintenance jobs that can be performed by the greenkeeper. A few of the other jobs might include seeding and maintaining the cart paths. If you’d like to know more about greenkeeping visit your local golf course.