All About Divots

Q: There seems to be confusion among the membership about how much divot mix should be used to fill fairway divots. Is there a proper amount? (Missouri)

A: The proper amount of divot mix (usually sand or a mixture comprised primarily of sand) is surprisingly small because it should be only the amount needed to replace the soil that was removed. Filling divot level higher than the existing playing surface, i.e. turfgrass canopy, is overfilling. Not only is this a waste of divot mix, but the extra sand will slow turfgrass recovery because seedlings and/or lateral regenerative growth of surrounding vegetation will be scalped by mowers. This leads to the second problem when divots are overfilled because sand particles dull and damage mower blades.

Source:  “Fore The Golfer”

Green

Do You Know The Proper Use Of The Word “Green” In Golf?

A good deal of confusion surrounds the use of the word green in proper golf terminology. Should one use “green fee” or “greens fee?” Is it “greenkeeper” or a “greenskeeper?” Exactly what area does the word “green” pertain to on a golf course? And is it the “USGA Green Section” or the “USGA Greens Section?”

Green is a noun and has two proper golf meanings. The first meaning is chiefly of Scottish origin. It simply defines all territory of a golf course, or all areas outside the confines of the clubhouse. Thus, it can be used in relation to all outdoor areas of a golf course. The second meaning, most readily known to modern audiences, means the area of short grass surrounding a hole. This area is generally mown and rolled to the smoothest possible texture. In keeping with the first meaning, a greenkeeper is someone whose responsibilities entail maintaining all areas of the golf course outside the clubhouse. The term was changed to golf course superintendent in the United States several decades ago.

In most cases of using the word green in golf terminology, the use should be singular. Green fee, greenkeeper, green committee, and USGA Green Section are all correct uses.
One final word on this subject. Green, in proper golf terminology, does NOT refer to any particular color found on a golf course. It only applies to areas or regions of a golf course.

Use this information to impress your less knowledgeable golfing friends!

 

Courtesy of The USGA Green Section Record

Proper Ball Mark Repair

The Cummings Cove Greens Committee is composed of dedicated golfers who help keep the course in its excellent condition. One of their projects has been advising players on proper ball mark repair in accordance with USGA recommendations.

Proper Ball Mark Repair – There has been much discussion about different tool designs for ball mark repair. Studies by the USGA and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America show the real issue is not the tool, but the proper use of any tool. The repair technique recommended by the USGA involves three simple steps that can be applied to almost any tool.

  1. Shorten the repair tool length to no more than ½ to ¾ inch. This can be accomplished easily where the forefinger acts as a base, with the thumb providing the pushing action. Alternately, a tool with shortened prongs to limit insertion may be used.
  2. Push the ball mark from the back side first. As a golf ball lands on a green, the “back” side of the ball mark will have the most turf displacement. This is where the most pushing should occur, and with some ball marks this is all that is needed.
  3. Push the ball mark from the sides. The two sides of the ball mark can also be slightly displaced, so the second and third areas to push back are the sides. Under no circumstances should the turf be ripped or twisted toward the center.

If nothing else, please remember this – gently push your ball marks back toward the center and do not lift or twist harshly.