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  • Will all our greens always be in the speed range of 9.0-10.5 in Summer?

    No, this is just a ‘TARGET’ range that we try to achieve. If we were to measure the speed of each green after cutting or rolling and attempt corrections we would need double the budget. Our staff understand the differences between our greens but are constrained by the available resources. We are first and foremost…

  • What is ‘Drill and Fill’? and why do we do it?

    ‘Drill and Fill’ is a process similar to core aeration where soil and thatch are removed from the green to help relieve subsoil compaction and improve drainage and air exchange. With ‘Drill and Fill’ large diameter holes are drilled into the surface of the green to a depth of up to 10 inches deep. When…

  • How often do the pin positions get changed on the greens?

    The pin positions are regularly changed on a Tuesday and on a Friday throughout the year. They are also changed for some competitions during the week and over the weekends. Generally, the pins are moved twice a week during the winter and up to a maximum of four times in the summer if there is…

  • Are the practice putting greens the same speed as the greens on the course?

    The practice putting green to the side of the 18th green, by the clubhouse, and the putting green on the right hand side when approaching the first tee are, on average, the same speed as the greens on the course. The practice green on the left side when approaching the first tee (where the old…

  • What factors influence the speed of our greens?

    There are a large number of factors which can affect the speed of the greens. Every day the weather conditions change a little in temperature and moisture content, this has an effect on the how the grass is able to absorb fertiliser (known as availability of the fertiliser) so in turn will influence the grass…

  • Why do we always do greens maintenance just when the greens are playing perfectly?

    To get the best results from greens maintenance it needs to be done when the grass is actively growing, which is during the summer months. The recovery time is much shorter at this time of year and the type of grass seed we use on the greens needs summer soil temperatures to germinate.

  • Who decides what the speed of the greens should be?

    Our summer “target” green speed goes back to September 2015. It is included in our Course Policy Document which is reviewed and approved each year by ManCom. The current version is available on the Greens Page of the AGC website. Click here to link to it.

  • Is the target speed of the greens varied for days when there is a competition compared to days when there isn’t?

    No, there is no variation to the target speed between competition and non-competition days. For more information about the target speed of greens, please refer to the FAQ in this section titled ‘What is the target speed for our greens throughout the year..’

  • What is the target speed for our greens throughout the year and does it vary depending on the time of year?

    During the summer months the target speed is between 9.0 and 10.5 on the Stimpmeter. During the winter there is no set target as the grass is not cut as short as in the summer. The grass needs to be left slightly longer in the winter due to the shorter hours of daylight, harsher weather…