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Simple Turf Grass Explanation

Living in North Carolina, we are in what you would call the "Transition Zone" for turf grass. You have two types of grasses: warm-weather grass and cool-weather grass. If you can develop a grass that likes both climates, please let me know so we can become billionaires. This is why all your warm-season grasses, like Bermuda, Centipede, and Saint Augustine, go dormant and turn brown in the winter.

At Harbour Pointe, we use two different warm-season grasses. There's a common bermudagrass on the fairways, tees, and rough. Then we have a Tifeagle bermudagrass on the greens, a fine-textured type of bermudagrass that allows you to mow at shorter lengths. If you've played the course lately, you may have noticed we've started solid punching the greens. This allows water to get further down to the roots and not puddle on the green during rain.

During the summer months, it's common to see a maintenance worker mowing the rough or checking on the greens. As a golfer, it's always a common courtesy to thank a maintenance worker. We wouldn't have such a nice course to play on without them!

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