Tips & Tricks

The Turf Maintenance Practices Golfers Appreciate

March 15, 2024

We know superintendents and grounds crews are the unsung heroes working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure golfer satisfaction. Your dedication to the well-being and enjoyment of your course users doesn't go unnoticed. Whether it's perfecting the greens, giving sand traps a facelift, or making fairways play like a dream, there's always room for a bit more magic. That's why we're here to share some top-notch turf practices to not only keep your golfers happy but also coming back for more action.

Aeration: Breathing Life Into Turf

Aeration might not be the most glamorous task, but it’s a game-changer for maintaining healthy turf. By perforating the soil with small holes, you allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate deep, promoting root growth and overall turf vitality. 

Aeration is key to your course’s overall health. Nevertheless, it’s no picnic to perform, especially if you’re doing things the old-fashioned way.  

To make your aeration easier on your schedule (and your back), try out our Smithco Aerators. Our aerator models unleash the full potential of your fairways and greens with each rotation. Our aerators are easy to use and boast a robust construction, making your turf care smoother than a Greg Norman putt!

Perfecting Your Putting Paradise

Every golfer wants to putt on smooth greens. Unfortunately, green turfs are highly susceptible to damage from traffic and impact. As a result, your greens can be tough to manage regularly — unless you’ve got the right tools to roll your green into a smooth playground for putts. 

Luckily, that’s where our greensrollers come in! Our greensrollers feature wide rolling areas. These will help you get the desired surface smoothness in a fraction of the time it normally takes.

Bunker Care Matters

Well-maintained bunkers add a layer of excitement and much-needed struggle to the game. For this reason, proper bunker maintenance is key to ensuring that they enhance — not hinder — the golfer’s experience. 

Maintenance of a sand trap involves several steps. For the most part, it’s all about smoothening your sand traps. Smoothing out footprints and redistributing sand ensures fair play and adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of your course.

Of course, bunker care and maintenance — like all things course-care related — require the proper tools too. That’s why we offer our bunker rakes to help keep sand traps in pristine condition.

Spray Your Fairway (and Other Parts of Your Course)

Most of the action takes place on the fairway, so you need to keep your fairways looking green and ready for traffic. Proper application of chemicals and fertilizers is essential to ensure the grass is healthy and resilient to play. Our high-capacity sprayers are designed for this very purpose. They allow for precise and even distribution of chemicals and fertilizers, making sure your turf receives the nutrients it needs to thrive. 

Tidy Your Turf

Everything from falling leaves to grass clippings can alter the condition and aesthetics of your course. While you can sweep these up manually, there’s a better way — using a sweeper.

A sweeper allows you to clean your golf course quickly and safely. As you ride one into the sunset, you’ll be picking up dirt, grass, and old tees to keep your course debris-free. 

Top-Tier Turf: Best Practices and the Best Tools for Each One

Apply these five best practices to your golf course, and you’ll be attracting golfers far and wide with your pristine greens and your fairways that amaze. 

For every task, you need the right tools. Head over to Smithco and check out our product line today