01 June 16  |  Golf   |  

Golf Course Maintenance Staff Prepare Greens for Summer Playing

The state Legislature gave Florida its official nickname in 1970. While Australia’s Queensland and South Dakota unofficially lay claim to the Sunshine State nickname, Florida is the only mass of land that actually deserves the title. Hundreds of miles of beaches, thousands of acres of golf courses and at least 10 months of good weather are prima facie evidence – with a heavy emphasis on wonderful-weather golfing under the sunshine.

We at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club boast a world-class 18-hole championship golf course designed by the renowned Ron Garl. A majestic stretch of rolling green landscape, this course incorporates eight masterfully recreated tribute holes from the world’s finest courses, including Augusta, Royal Troon, Baltusrol, Muirfield and St. Andrews. And every spring we work hard to prepare the golf course greens at Golden Ocala for our dedicated players.

This is our spring transition. Some portions of our golf course will take nearly six weeks to return to full coverage following the rye grass overseed. Most areas of the course are unaffected and have already returned to full coverage as crews work to restore the Bermuda grass base.

Crews Prepare Golf Course Greens Every Morning

Tennis player hitting a ball out of a sand trap.

Golden Ocala crews prepare the greens every morning for players. The greens are mowed to remove dew and keep grass levels short. Crews then roll the greens in crossway directions to the mow patterns to allow the balls to roll properly and to maintain smooth surfaces.

Dry areas undergo additional irrigation to allow for more uniform green growth. Crews use blowers to clear greens of debris and clippings from mowing and rolling.

Holes are groomed closely to pin-sheet standards to give players tournament conditions. Previously removed plugs are placed where the holes were cut the previous day. Crews then lightly top dress the edges to allow for smooth growth. Cups are placed in the new holes and edges are painted for visibility then the flags are placed in the holes.

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