Managing golf greens: aligning golf green quality with resource inputs

Brown, Stewart and Coday, Alan and Frame, Ian (2017) Managing golf greens: aligning golf green quality with resource inputs. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 26. pp. 198-202. ISSN 1618-8667

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There is a need for golf course managers to manage their facilities more sustainably for both economic and environmental reasons. Golf greens are the most significant area on the golf course for both play and intensity maintenance practices. They are also one of the few areas of the golf course for which there are objective measurements of quality. Quality of greens being one of the (if not the) most important factors by which players judge golf course “quality” (1). Measuring the quality of golf greens has been described by Windows and Bechelet (2) who advocate the “Performance Measurement and Development” system developed by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI). The gap in knowledge here is that which lies between those who advocate the measurement of golf green performance as a tool for management (2) and the views of the R & A (3) who support the use of reduced inputs. We can measure inputs and the quality of surfaces but as yet no one has looked at these two factors together. The development of a performance measurement system for assessing maintenance inputs and their costs together with and against playing quality will potentially allow us to determine where managers are or not achieving quality playing surfaces with what level of inputs. Methods

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Golf Greens, Resource Management, Optimisation
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr Alan Coday
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 09:31
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:58

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