Boosting Plant Health & Resilience Amidst Increased Foot Traffic

Golf course

Golf had a banner year in 2020. It was the biggest increase in rounds played(60 million) since 1997, when a 21-year-old Tiger Woods won his first major at the Masters Tournament. The game continued to grow in popularity in 2021 & 2022, setting global records for rounds played.

With this increased foot traffic and overall volume, superintendents are constantly looking to maintain playability. We heard from Andy Barber, Course Manager at the Royal Winchester Golf Club in the UK who discussed how he has been managing. 

I was looking at a way to boost plant health and resilience to the stresses of a much increased volume of golf since the Pandemic.

The club, over the last two years has been on a drive to improve all playing surfaces and to take the course to the next level.

Aquaritin Defend has been a key part of that process.

Golf course

We mix the Defend with our liquid feeds, wetting agents and fungicides.

What we have seen from regular applications, (500ml every two weeks, sometimes weekly) is great and very natural colour, the vigour from the micronised Silicon delivers more upright grasses giving us the green speeds we desire without having to stress the plant with lower heights of cut.

We are seeing less disease and the greens cope much better with stress, no matter if it’s drought, cold, heat or traffic the greens seem to cope much more consistently.

The use of Aquaritin Defend on the greens has been so successful, that we now spray the tees and approach.

Contact us today to make Aquaritin part of your greens program. Courses are reporting up to $40k in annual savings  by reducing the use of granular applications and overall labor.

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