05 March 15  |  Golf   |  

Cutting the Golf Course Greens for a Great Look

Written By Jack Creveling, Golf Course Superintendent

Now that the month of March has arrived, expect the rough of the golf course to be dormant for at least the next couple of weeks. The golf course maintenance staff will start to work the greens to be firmer and faster during prime season.


One thing for golfers to notice is how the greens are cut.

When we mow the tees and fairways on the golf course, our goal is to match the directions to give a visually pleasing linear look.

The Golden Ocala golf course showcased beautifully during the recent LPGA Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers Jan. 26-31, 2015. The lines along the fairway of Hole 18 made a great backdrop for the final round. The Tribute Holes on the back nine along with Hole 6 where Paula Creamer made the only hole-in-one during the tournament were featured during televised coverage of the event.

When all things are normal for us, we mow “12 to 6” which is a reference to the hands on a clock for directional purposes. This typically occurs on Fridays. All the mowers cut down the center of the hole to produce the longest stripes possible.

So golfers, the next time you tee-off, check out the cut of the greens as you enjoy your round of golf. Learn more about what it takes to maintain the course at Golden Ocala by following our golf blog.