Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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01.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 107 .725 .700 .675 .650 .625 .600 Control May June July 1.9 3.9 7.9 12.1 16.0 32.1 Traffic initiation NDVI Seeding rate (ounces/1,000 square feet) abcde abcde abcde abcde h h defg defg defg abcd g fg def def abc efg abc cdef a cdef bcde bcde ab cde Traffic simulation was carried out with a modified reel mower fitted with an aluminum cylinder studded with plastic golf shoe cleats. Photos by Thomas O. Green Effects of seeding rate and traffic on NDVI of creeping bentgrass Figure 1. Effects of seeding rate and traffic initiation on normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI). V8 creeping bentgrass was seeded on Aug. 8, 2012, in East Lansing, Mich. Traffic treatments were four passes with a reel mower modified with plastic golf shoe cleats. NDVI ranges from 0.000 to 1.000, with higher values indicative of healthier plants. Columns with the same letter are not significantly different (p > 0.05). to accept 116 Black Widow golf shoe cleats (Softspikes LLC) (Figure 1). The traffic sim - ulator weighed approximately 253.5 pounds (115 kg) and produced compressive forces of 237 Newtons (front cylinder) and 328 New - tons (rear cylinder). Simulated traffic was ap- plied across the seeding rate treatments three times weekly (four passes each time). NDVI The experimental plots were rated for nor- malized difference vegetation index (NDVI)

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