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Rolling of Golf Course Greens

Tuesday, June 23, 2015  
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Written by Dan Walter, Blue Ash Golf Course

Over the past several years, rolling of greens has become the normal operating procedure on most courses with the budget to do so. Many types of rollers are available; the two categories are the dedicated roller and one that is mounted to an existing triplex mower in place of the mower reels. Both have their pros and cons and what works best for your particular operation will determine your need.

We all have different goals of green speeds from course to course; however we all strive for smooth and consistent greens regardless of the speed. The three area courses in Greater Cincinnati that we spoke with were Hyde Park CC (Pat O'Brien), Ivy Hills CC (Kyle Williams) and Blue Ash GC (Dan Walter). Each facility rolls on a regular basis of 3-5 times per week during the growing season.

Blue Ash uses a vibratory roller mounted on a triplex while the other two use a dedicated roller. The vibratory mounted roller on a triplex is more efficient when it comes to operator use and overall use time; however the overall effect isn’t as effective and consistent as a dedicated roller.

Ivy Hills CC was able to raise the HOC on greens mowers and able to maintain green speeds by implementing a rolling program. Hyde Park CC uses a rolling program along with several other cultural practices to encourage the bentgrass population while maintaining some of the best conditioned greens in the area.

Hyde Park CC has determined by the 3rd roll, greens speeds have maxed out and no speed is gained by additional rolls. Blue Ash GC uses rolling in place of mowing 2 times per week. They see no loss in green speeds when a mowing is replaced by a roll; however less stress occurs on the turf and labor hours are saved as well. Rolling is also used at Blue Ash GC to increase green speeds for tournaments and events. All 3 courses skip mowing and roll during stress periods as necessary.

For more information, refer to the following article on rolling:

More Light on Lightweight Rolling

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