STRI programme measures performance of golf greens

Last month's BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) saw the launch of a new Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) programme designed to measure green performance.

The programme uses a Trueness Meter to evaluate how smooth and true greens are, taking into account both vertical and lateral movement of the ball across the turf.

Taking away any subjective part of a green's performance, data includes firmness, moisture content and speed, together with an analysis of organic matter and the chemical properties of the turf. Information is presented to the club in an easy-to-understand format using graphs and charts.

STRI head of sales and marketing Carolyn Beadsmoore said: "This helps clubs to share with members and committees the current greens assessment."

The technology was developed and assessed by working with 130 golf clubs to ensure that it was appropriate. The scheme was initially launched on a small scale in 2010, predominantly in Scotland. This year sees the programme rolled out across the UK.

Beadsmoore added: "We recommend tests on at least three greens, which takes a couple of hours to complete on site. Clubs are encouraged to get involved so they can fully understand what the measurements mean."

The STRI is also organising regional environmental events in March and April. "Golf clubs are keen to highlight their interest in biodiversity," said Beadsmoore. "They are trying to correct the misconception that courses are damaging to the environment."

These events will also look at legislation around the Water Framework Directive and fertiliser use. Clubs will be advised on how they can be compliant and how to make the best use of resources.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read This Next

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

Mowers, turf care, battery equipment, seeds, arboriculture kit and weed control will all see a wide range of new releases at Saltex, Sally Drury reports.

Get set for Saltex 2017

Get set for Saltex 2017

This year's Saltex show at the NEC in Birmingham offers something for everyone, says Sally Drury.

Tomorrow's tractors

Tomorrow's tractors

These machines have advanced rapidly over recent years but what does the future hold? Sally Drury looks ahead.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Products & Kit Resources

IOG Saltex

Get set for IoG Saltex 2017 with our comprehensive show guide and exhibitor info.