Golf Course Management

SEP 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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64 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.18 oriented drain tile throughout the green site and approach. is process is not new; it has been around for more than a century. How - ever, as the renovation boom has evolved and the need for drainage of these aging sand-top - dressed greens has become evident, a cottage industry has emerged, with companies that can efficiently and neatly install drainage with minimal disruption to the green surface. Ex - amples of companies that provide this service are XGD, Golf Preservations and EXtreme Drainage. Each company in this line spun off from the first, a true sign of a good idea and an opportunity. ere are likely others. e advantage of this tile system is ease of installation and lack of disruption (7). It also preserves surface contours. e grass conversion can follow the tile installation, but not vice versa. e excess moisture trav - els through the sand topdressing layer to the nearest drain line (often 6-foot spacing). It is very effective. e disadvantage of this system is that bad or poorly contoured greens are not changed, Drain tile can be installed neatly and efficiently with minimal disruption of the green surface. Photos by Travis Fox

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