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Old 06-14-2012, 07:39 AM   #1
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In playing golf you will see players will hit down under the ball and cut out a divot, typically a half inch deep and the size of a dollar bill. Up north they put the divot back in the hole and press it down with a footstep. In the South, where the grass is Bermuda, they want you to fill the hole with a scoop of sand. Why the difference?

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maybe the bermuda spreads and will fill in?? Could just be preference of the course....is it not a "nice" course/club?

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We have bentgrass fairways and I'm confused as to what to do with my divots. Are we better off replacing the divot or just filling the scar with the sand/seed mix that's provided?

If the divot has some soil attached and hasn't been blown into a hundred pieces, it will heal quickly if it is replaced immediately. Be sure to replace the divot (green side up!) and step on it to establish contact with the soil below. If the divot cannot be replaced, then the sand/seed mixture should be used in the scarred area. Golfers who take the time to replace a divot properly or repair divot areas help keep the fairways in good condition for their fellow golfers.

We have Bermuda grass fairways at our golf course. I want to be mindful of the proper etiquette, so how do I handle any fairway divots that I might create?

When the Bermuda grass is actively growing, applying straight sand or a prepared mix to the divot areas will help the scar heal rapidly and level the playing surface for your fellow golfers. The same procedure can be used when the Bermuda grass is dormant or if the surface has been over seeded for the winter months.


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maybe the bermuda spreads and will fill in?
Yes, bermuda spreads via runners. I don't think the sand is necessary for the course, it is (I think) just to prevent a future ball from ending up in a hole. How does northern grass grow back if a divot is not replaced or does it?
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How does northern grass grow back if a divot is not replaced or does it?
I posted this elsewhere but it is nice animation showing how turf grasses grow. Hope it answers your question? See especially the animation on "tillering" to see how bladed grasses like rye, fescue and bluegrass fill in and reproduce---other than by seed of course.

I managed turf for many years in California and do not remember having sand on hand to fill in divots in rhyzome type turf. I guess it would not hurt. As mentioned bermuda spreads mainly by rhyzomes or runners.

http://www.files.ahnrit.vt.edu/files...grassgrows.swf

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Interesting. Looks like Northern grasses (like blue grass and Fescue?) would fill in by tillering from the main stem. Without runners like Bermuda if would take a long time but would eventually get the job done. Probably that is why they sometimes use sand with grass seed.
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Excellent link, a lot of good info about how to grow and maintain good quality turf.

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