Canons Brook Golf Club looks to extend life of course with Barenbrug's BAR 50 SOS seed

Canons Brook Golf Club members are looking to tee off on natural turf well into winter thanks to Barenbrug's BAR 50 SOS seed.

The 18-hole course in Harlow, Essex, traditionally transferred players to synthetic tees between November and April to protect the turf from winter wear.

Head greenkeeper Mark Paxton said: "Our tees really struggle with grass cover during the winter months and have no recovery, so have to be taken off standard practice.

"My seed supplier, Avoncrop Amenity, suggested I use BAR 50 SOS for winter divotting and to try to keep the grass on the tees."

Paxton overseeded one tee with SOS in late November and found an "almost immediate" improvement.

"I'd read the seed could germinate in temperatures as low as three degrees centigrade and it was pretty cold when we put it down. It germinated in two to three weeks."

In the past the club had relied on a grow-sheet to help winter repairs, but the BAR 50 SOS was a "far superior method", he said.

"Even though the grow-sheets create the microclimate necessary for winter growth, they can get blown away and lead to diseases like Fusarium if left down for too long."

BAR 50 SOS is a ryegrass blend bred by Barenbrug Research for rapid turf repair.


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