New grass mix makes easy work of golf divots and big economic sense

Windermere Golf Club has extended its playing season and boosted the bottom line by switching seed to a gritty perennial ryegrass blend that can handle divotting of tees.

Head greenkeeper David Wilkinson said the biggest benefit of changing mixes to his 18-hole course was extended play, thanks to the product’s rapid-establishment and hard-wearing characteristics.

"This is my third full season using Barenbrug’s BAR Extreme on the tees and the results are tremendous," he said. "Speed of germination and how it fills out the divots is exceptional. But the biggest impact has been the extension of the playing season.

"We previously had a short season as the challenging climatic conditions in Cumbria limit the premium grass growth period. But since the change we’re overseeding in February ready for a March start and are then not coming off until the second week of November."

Wilkinson added: "We have small tees and so they get a lot of wear but we’re back playing on them just 10 days after overseeding. We get a quick, uniform strike that fills in quickly and without the scarring from divots."

His team has managed to squeeze the closed season down to four months, which had swept in wider benefits for the club: "We’re economically better off: people don’t want to play off mats, so we’re attracting more visitors because they can play later or earlier in the season."


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