For many years there has been a need for construction guidelines for golf greens specific to the United Kingdom, driven by the demand for good quality golf courses able to sustain play all year round. Recognising this need, STRI has now produced STRI Guidelines – Golf Green Construction in the United Kingdom.
Following extensive research, STRI’s guidelines are based on technical and practical experience. They aim to outline a construction method and materials requirements that will result in well-drained putting surfaces of high quality without excessive management demands, particularly in terms of fertiliser and irrigation use. Although developed specifically for the United Kingdom, the guidelines may also be applicable to other temperate maritime areas.
Dr Stephen Baker, head of soils & sports surface science at STRI, has sought comments from a wide range of organisations and individuals in the final production of the guidelines. These include the USGA Green Section, BRTMA, EIGCA, RAPTA and the R&A.
The 22 page A4 publication is produced in full colour with a total of 15 tables, photographs and diagrams. It will be available from the STRI bookshop, tel: 01274 518908 or on-line at www.stri.co.uk/bookshop, price £14.95 plus post and packing.