|Putting green 4.5" root depth|
|Chipping green 7.5" root depth|
Since putting green soil is comprised of mostly sand, roots must be present for the sand to hold together. This allows for a good visual indicator of rooting depth and density. If you look at the pictures to the right you'll see a darker, almost layered composition of the putting green soil profile versus a lighter, more consistent soil profile in the chipping green. This difference is due to a renovation that was completed on the chipping green in the fall of 2011. The putting green has 20 years of organic matter built up in it. You'll notice the cylindrical shaped root mass sticking out of the bottom of the putting green plug. This is a core aeration hole, confirming the benefits of the process. The agronomy staff plans to continue an aggressive greens maintenance schedule in order to bring the soil profiles on these older greens up to standard. Our goal is to have all the greens at the depths you see to the right.
If you have any questions regarding greens maintenance, don't hesitate to ask. Thanks!