The Syngenta study, conducted by GfK Kynetec, surveyed 300 players across the UK. It looked at all areas of the course and the influence of the environment on playing experience.
Smooth ball roll was rated highly, with 92 per cent of golfers scoring 7/10 or more. Ensuring that greens are weed-free showed a 90 per cent scoring of 7/10 or more and clean of disease or scars saw an 89 per cent vote. Only 75 per cent rated fast ball roll as high.
Presenting the results at British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) Turf Management Exhibition, head of Syngenta turf and landscape Rod Burke said: "This understanding will ensure that greenkeepers are providing what their customers want and help us to focus on providing solutions to enhance the playing experience more effectively."