Creeping Bentgrass

and its relation to golf courses

By: Kevin Gruber

First of all, a little background on Creeping Bentgrass. Creeping Bentgrass was brought over from Europe by the Colonists. Creeping Bentgrass, as you can see on the map below, is a cool season grass. It is a very adventitious grass and will spread inot other types of grass eventually taking them over. It accomplishes this by having short roots and creeping stolong that spread quickly.There are some bad and good things about Creeping Bentgrass. Because of its short roots, creeping bentgrass requires frequent watering to stay healthy. Creeping Bentgrass produces that, so in a golf course situation it requires aeration and thatching. It is also very susceptable to disease and Pests. Some good things are that Creeping Bentgrasses looks very attractive if well maintained with the color ranging from olive green to a very light green. It also likes sunlight so Creeping Bentgrass can be used in a variety of places.

Creeping Bentgrass is one of the most important grasses on a golf course. On most golf courses that use cool season grasses, creeping bentgrass is used for the greens. Some golf courses use creeping bentgrass for their tee boxes also. Some, high end courses, use it for their fairways as well. Creeping bentgrass was chosen because it forms a dense mat. This makes it easy to putt on. Another good reason that most golf courses use creeping bentgrass is because of its short mowing capabilities. Most golf course mow their greens at an 1/8" or less. Creeping bentgrass is also chosen because of its beautiful color. One of the big downfalls of creeping bentgrass is that it is a very high maintenance type of turfgrass. It involves daily attention and frequent care.

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