If the greens are the most important part on the golf course, the tee boxes & fairways are a close 2nd in importance. The cultural practices for these areas are essential and have a direct impact on the quality of play.
When we talk about the tee boxes, we are talking about an area that is in front of the fairways and is used for teeing off on each hole. Most courses have tee boxes that have separate tees for different types of golfers.
When we talk about the fairways, we are talking about the large expanse of turf in between the tee boxes and the greens. The fairways also consist of the approach, the area leading up to the greens, and the collar, or area that directly surrounds the greens. These two areas are typically used for chipping.
A large part of our cultural practices for these areas, just as for the greens, is aerification, top dressing, verti-cutting and the use of plant growth regulator. The plant growth regulator helps the turf to be thicker by not only growing up, but also out. The vert-cutting is important in this process because it ensures that the grass that has grown ‘sideways’ is not only one huge plant. It cuts it into smaller plants which encourages upward growth and increases thickness of the turf.