Written by Tara Ciecko

Playing Winter Golf

Help us care for the course.

It is always important to repair your ball marks and divots, and to do so correctly. As the temperature drops, care of our golf course turf (especially the greens) becomes even more important.

When temperatures fall below the range considered optimal for turf grass growth, there is a change in the response of the grass to stresses such as use or maintenance practices. Plant tissues are more easily bruised during the cooler months. Affected areas remain thin for long periods, altering the trueness of the putting surface, and are more susceptible to disease in spring. Wet or saturated surface soils are most prone to damage from compaction.

For these reasons, fixing your ball marks, and doing so correctly, becomes even more important in the winter months.The average golfer leaves about 12 ball marks during a typical round of golf. Failing to repair a ball mark may seem like a minor oversight, but there are lasting consequences. Un-repaired ball marks can take weeks to heal. When conditions are soft, ball marks become even deeper. The damage to the putting surface is also an entry point for weeds that can cause serious problems at a later date.

The USGA has recently launched a page with important details about why its is so important to repair you ball marks and video to show the proper technique.

Watch USGA Video Now.



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