Since the construction of our new practice tee, I'm constantly being asked how long will it take for the tee to recover? How long before we are back to the front of the tee and will it be recovered? Many factors factor into the recovery of the tee. Weather, water, fertilizer and how the players choose to practice.
Now that we are back on the practice tee, it's the perfect time to remind members the proper way to practice on grass. Picture's are worth a thousand words. From the photos it's quite clear how recovery of the turf can be affected by the way players take divots from the tee.
This player attempted to practice in rows but did not leave an adequate amount of turf between the rows. Germination will happen but the turf will take a great deal longer to fill in and recover.
This photo is a much better example of how we would like players to practice. There is more established turf between the rows, offering greater stability to the soil and protection of the young seedlings which will then have a better ability to thrive and mature.
Lastly, a perfect example of proper practice with excellent germination and recovery of the practice tee. This area will recover at 10 times the speed of an area completely void of any turf. When you are practicing please remember this simple idea for practicing, this will ensure the fastest healing time for our practice tee.