This time of year can be increasingly stressful on turfgrass due to the high traffic volume of golfers on the course. Traffic from carts, equipment and feet are all causes of stress to turf. The damage is caused by the compaction of the soil and also by the scraping and tearing of the grass tissues during contact.
As a golfer, how can you help?
~When you see areas on the course that have obvious stress try to avoid traffic on these parts. Try using alternate routes, avoid walking on areas of stressed turf, use the 90 degree rule, or keep carts on the cart paths.
~If multiple carts are entering or exiting the fairway try to use different tracks than the other carts.
~Be aware of notifications from the pro-shop and on the course about areas that are off limits.
All of these are ways that you can help be part of the solution. If you know a fellow golfer that could benefit from this information, please share!