Images collected by Bryan Overstreet, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator, Purdue Extension - Jasper County
Golf courses are among the intensely managed turf systems. Different courses – and even different sections of the same course – will use different mowing and fertility strategies. A course's mixture of trees, grass, sand and water will make image interpretation difficult. Golfers also regularly occupy the course, which is a safety concern. The image below doubles as an observation of turf management practices and a great marketing asset. Groundskeeping can quickly view the entire course and adjust plans as needed. In turn this improves inventory, reduces costs, refines maintenance plans and enhances customer satisfaction.
Flown Mark Carter, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator, Purdue Extension – Delaware County
In 2019, flights were conducted on Walnut Creek Golf Course in Marion, IN. Many improvement opportunities were identified for overall turf health, such as:
- Fertilizer treatments
- Tree root competition
- Irrigation and drainage
- Compaction and traffic
This knowledge was shared with golf course maintenance to make effective and efficient use of limited resources in improving ground conditions.
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Golf courses are among the intensely managed turf systems. Different courses – and even...