Little Botany

Colours

Golf Park Puntiró has three grass species, Bentgrass on greens, Bermuda grass on tees, fairways and semirough and a mixture in the rough called native.

Bentgrass and native grass are cool season grasses and they stay green through the winter.

Native grass takes a golden colour in the summer because it dries out and comes back again in the fall.

Bermuda grass is a green grass but it goes dormant in the winter. This means that the plant does not produce the pigment that gives it the green colour. Chlorophyll. The plant does not grow either.

 

Why?

It’s a matter of ground temperature. When temperatures go down and days are shorter the plant goes dormant. Call it the “Bear plant” if you like because it does the same thing as these beautiful animals.

Wouldn’t that be a problem for the recovery of the Bermudatee platforms? YES

To keep the tees in good conditions through winter we overseed them with another variety called Ray grass. With this grass we keep the tees alive and green through the winter while theBermuda sleeps underneath it.

The spring comes and so the colour inBermudabecause the ground temperature and longer days makes it “wake up” and produce the chlorophyll again.

 

Advantages

Bermuda grass, no matter what colour it has, it’s a great surface to play from.

We save water and fertilisers that flushes in the ground. Bermuda grass does not need water neither fertiliser on winter. Ecology is important.

The playing surface stays dry. Ain´t  that what golfers want?

Disadvantages: The colour of the grass is brown. Does the colour affect your game? GET LESSONS!!!! We have a great golf pro.

 

Pablo Morán Latín

Golf Course Superintendent