“ETL’s Golf Green Health Index testing gave me exactly what I needed to be able to provide performance data to my committee and back up my renovation and budget requests, while also providing something measurable for myself to work with. A factual classification that was easy to understand and a tool to assist me in moving forward”
Matthew Hutchinson, Course Manager
Piltdown Golf Club
“I selected the Comprehensive Package of GGHI testing at ETL, with the intention of gaining a full suite of data on selected greens at The Grove. Data provided included nutrient analysis, saturated hydraulic conductivity, bulk density and organic matter profile at 20mm increments. The data was presented in an excellent report which gave me a full understanding of the properties of the rootzone in my greens, and provided a technical back-up to support agronomy plans and course renovation dates and tine sizes required to target the deeper compaction.
The indexing of each parameter tested provides a great insight as to how my greens perform when compared to industry standards and norms, and which areas to target.
A highly informative package!”
Phillip Chiverton, Golf Course Manager, The Grove GC
“In my opinion, European Turf Laboratories provide an essential service of testing for both turf and rootzone performance. The data results are essential for monitoring surface playability and implement this through guidance and recommendations”.
Lee Strutt, Golf Course Manager, The Royal Automobile Club
This, our second article aims to investigate the relationship between the amount of organic matter in greens and the age of the greens. We hope this helps provide added perspective for managing your greens and provides an insight for members within your clubs.
The management of organic matter is one of the more complex maintenance and renovation tasks for Course Managers around the world, due to its immediate conflict to presenting smooth and fast putting surfaces.
European Turfgrass Laboratories (ETL) annually tests organic matter at 20mm segments for hundreds of golf courses all over the world, from over thousands of individual greens, from a variety of venues including courses with push-up greens, links style and USGA-type golf greens of all ages. This data helps Course Managers communicate better with their stakeholders and make more informed decisions. Read more
The management of organic matter is one of the more complex maintenance and renovation tasks for Course Managers around the world, due to its immediate conflict presenting smooth and fast putting surfaces.
European Turfgrass Laboratories (ETL) tests organic matter at 20mm segments for hundreds of golf courses annually, from over thousands of individual greens from local authority low budget courses to the world best championship courses. This data helps Course Manager communicate better with its stakeholders and make more informed decisions. Read more…
In this, our third article on organic matter, agronomist, Charles Henderson will cover the complex subject of its reduction. Organic matter, in general, is on the increase. Therefore, this makes the reduction of organic matter in greens, relevant to over 90% of us who are involved in managing golf (and bowling) greens, an extremely important subject. Read More.
In part two of our organic matter series, Charles Henderson discusses the relationship between moisture content and the organic matter accumulation in our greens. We will also look at how this affects some of the management decisions we make when trying to manage both moisture and organic matter content in our greens. Read full article