Ever wonder how golf course maintenance crews get the fairways and greens to look so perfect. Granted, it helps that they devote their whole day to making the course look its best (as opposed to most homeowners, who work on their lawn maybe once a week). However, some of the beauty of a golf course can be linked to choosing the right grass.
There are dozens of varieties of grasses used on golf courses. Some are best suited to northern climates; others adapt better to warm-weather states. Below are just a few of the most popular golf grasses and a little bit about them:
- Bahia Grass – a warm-climate grass, used for roughs and landscaping
- Bentgrass – a cool-season grass, used for highly-manicured areas, such as tees, greens, and fairways
- Bermuda Grass – a warm-climate grass, used for greens and tees
- Fescue – a family of over 300 grasses, of which the most commonly used in golf courses is Blue Fescue. Thrives in cool or warm climates.
- Kentucky Blue Glass – a drought-resistant, American hybrid grass used for fairways, roughs, and hazards on cool-seaon golf courses
- Rye Grass – This cool-season grass (not to be confused with the grain, rye) is best known as the grass of Wimbeldon. On golf courses, it is used for roughs and fairways.
- St. Augustine Grass – also known as Charleston grass, this warm-climate grass rivals Bermuda grass for use on green and tees.
- Zoysia – a blanket-like grass that adapts well to warm or cool climates. Used for tees, greens, and fairways
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