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The benefits of using
By Scott Smockum
Photos courtesy Synthetic Turf International of Canada
A 30 May 2014
fter a long winter, most golfers are eager
to get back on the course and resume
play. This is often a difficult time for
most superintendents as the weather is
not warm enough to promote grass growth,
but it is visible and relatively green—and to
most golfers, if there is grass, the course should
be open, right?
Owners eagerly welcome the traffic, but most
courses are not ready to open. One answer to
this urge of members wanting to get back on the
course is to open the driving range and let the
divots start to fly.
Natural grass driving ranges prove to be an
uphill battle during the best growing conditions;
the average tee deck simply cannot keep up with
the demand. As a result, an increasing number
of golf courses and driving ranges are installing
synthetic turf tee lines at the back of a natural
tee deck to act as a relief for the natural grass.