Golf course maintenance: the essential machines you need in 2021
Amongst others climate change and stricter requirements from golf clubs and tournament organizations, maintaining golf courses is a greater challenge. Weather conditions are more extreme, and at the same time greenkeepers must adhere to strict regulations regarding pesticide use. Golf clubs and tournament organizations also still demand a perfectly smooth green. Sound equipment is therefore essential.
Together with greenkeepers, GKB has developed machines for the maintenance of green areas on your golf courses. Which of these must-haves are indispensable for performing your actions? We give you 5 basic elements of golf course maintenance where our machines can optimally support you.
Scarifying your golf course every spring limits the thickness of the greasy organic felt layer. This prevents compaction of the top layer. You can do this, for example, with the GKB scarifier VStrong.
The VStrong has a working speed up to 12 km/h. This way you can cut your field horizontally and vertically in about 1.5 hours.
2. Reliable sanding
During the peak of the golf season, the puncturing and sanding of the golf course has to take place (unfortunately to the annoyance of many golfers). This is done to ensure that greens recover as quickly as possible and the quality of your field is optimal. Thorough sanding ensures that:
- Water can evaporate;
- Oxygen gets into the soil;
- The amount of organic matter in the top layer remains under control.
A sand spreader with a neat spreading pattern is the GKB Sand Spreader. We always tailor this extensively configurable machine for you, with precisely adjustable spreading discs. The Sand Spreader, including precisely adjustable spreading discs, can also be used for filling sand bunkers and drainage trenches.
3. Sowing and overseeding
Reseeding of the golf course is necessary once or twice a year to prevent other types of grass such as annual meadow grass or mosses from penetrating to the grass layer. The GKB Combiseeder is a multifunctional overseeder and very easy to use. The Combiseeder is characterized by by the following points:
- A working width of up to 240 cm;
- Several weighting options for use on hard fields;
- After spike-rolling 1500 holes, the machine sows in new grass seed;
- The seed is pressed in one movement and your green is brushed afterwards;
- The amount of seed can be accurately metered;
- The spiked rollers are multifunctional; the pricking simultaneously damages and weakens weeds.
4. Dressing: surface restoration for your golf course
Golf courses are damaged daily: by golf playing, walking, riding and by animals such as birds, moles, rabbits and hedgehogs. To restore the surface of greens and fairways, dressing your golf course is therefore essential. A sand layer of 1 to 2 millimeters is often sufficient for this.
Is the composition of your top layer already as desired? With our GKB Ecodresser sand from the existing top layer is reused to dress it with. In this way you dress environmentally friendly!
5. Aerating and deep aeration of golf courses
Aerating your golf course is crucial to ensure that water can penetrate the top layer more quickly. This prevents puddling on the greens and promotes water drainage to the subsoil or drainage. The load-bearing capacity of the soil improves significantly, as do the growing conditions in the top layer. A compacted top layer is something you want to avoid at your golf course at all times.
Our deep aerators for golf courses such as the GKB Deep Tine Aerator (DTA) are easy to use on golf courses and greens. The DTA has the following unique properties:
- The DTA is more durable than competing deep aerators due to heavy duty sealed bearings. This will save you significantly in maintenance.
- Unique tine mounting system, allowing you to change tines faster than ever.
- A working depth of no less than 40cm!
All-in-1 maintenance for golf courses: the Sandfiller
At GKB we offer, in addition to specialized machines for the above operations, a highly innovative combination machine for golf course maintenance. The GKB Sandfiller combines scarifying with scaling. This maintenance machine consecutively:
- Cut slots in your turf
- Accurately fills the trenches with sand
- Compacts your grass carefully
Save significantly on your maintenance costs with this machine by combining sand filling and scarifying in one pass. You can even use the machine for overseeding by mixing the sand you are using with grass seed.
So are you looking for an experienced and committed supplier of machines for your golf course maintenance? We are happy to talk to you. Get in touch with us!