Golf Course Landscaping

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A golf course that is maintained well has a flawless grass surface. To use plants to create such a perfect surface takes a lot of planning and hard work but the end result is absolute perfection.

Let us explain how we craft and take care of the grass surfaces at Green Valley Floyd in Sioux City. With patience and persistent hard work, we believe that we have created one of the finest golf courses with the help of Landscape Design Davenport.

Building the green starts by digging a hole that is the size and shape of the green and twelve to sixteen inches deep (thirty to forty centimeters). In advanced systems such as ours, plastic is used to line the hole and then covered with gravel, drainage pipes, and sand. What we create is a hydroponic system to grow the grass in sterile sand with ideal drainage. When the green is contoured, the surface allows for perfect drainage and no puddling of rainwater.

Placement of the green is also important. We always choose locations with no surrounding trees, full sunlight and unrestricted flow of air.

And, the grass needs to be perfect for each part of the course. The wrong kind of grass will make a golf course dull, ugly and lifeless. The right choice of grass or grasses brings the course to life. We take our time researching and testing to make sure that the golf courses we build have the ideal glass for their climate and location.

Choosing the ideal location for a green and starting with a sterile sand base helps prevent lots of problems. But, the grass needs to be tended to maintain its perfection. This means a steady supply of water and nutrients necessary for healthy grass. Herbicides are used to keep weeds out of the perfect grass carpet. We use pesticides to avoid insect damage to the beautiful grass surface. And, we add fungicides to prevent and control diseases. The end result is a perfect grass surface and a thing of beauty.

To keep our grass healthy and beautiful we focus on maintenance. Every day we mow our greens with a precision mower specifically designed for golf course greens. We routinely fertilize, apply necessary chemicals, aerate, water, and baby our greens to maintain their perfection.

It is a lot of work to maintain a gorgeous golf course but we are proud of what we do and happy to do the work. We hope you found this interesting and hope to see you on our links!

Benefits of a Golf Instructor

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Golf is a very challenging game for beginners to learn. Don’t be ashamed and don’t give up. We recommend hiring a professional instructor. Green Valley Floyd Golf Course has instructors on staff to help new golfers learn how to drive, improve their short game and putt.

Below are 5 reasons to consider hiring a golf instructor:

#1 Learn About Golf Equipment

Golf equipment is more complex than a baseball bat or a soccer ball. Golfers need to know which club to use for each type of shot. An instructor will explain when to use a driver or a wood or if its time for a open wedge club or a putter from a distance. Over time, you will understand which type of club is best for each kind of golf shot.

#2 Learn The Rules

There is a lot to learn about on a golf course. Beginners will have several questions their first few times on a course. An instructor will teach beginning golfers how to keep score and how long it takes to play 9 holes vs 18 holes. Course instructors know the layout of their home course and can help prepare for upcoming sand traps, trees and tall grass.

#3 Improve Swing Technique

Technique is the most important element of golf. Learning the right technique for driving and putting can require years of practice. The best way to avoid that much time is to hire a golf instructor to help improve your technique on the course. This helps prevent beginners from developing poor traits and techniques that become harder to “unlearn” down the line.

Golf lessons from a golf instructor will teach the best way to grip a golf club, the proper stance for each type of shot, correct swing motion and many more techniques. This is the most invaluable benefit of hiring an instructor. Some golfers will go their entire life never playing the game the correct way. An instructor can prevent that immediately. This is the number one reason to hire a golf instructor.

#4 Proper Golf Etiquette

There are several unwritten rules when it comes to golf. There is proper etiquette on the course. Etiquette includes the dress code for a particular course as well as where a golfer should walk or drive their golf cart on a course. Instructors will also teach about the rules of tee times and arriving on time and prepared to play.

Additional rules related to etiquette include pace of play and how to practice proper safety on a golf course including when to call out to nearby golfers if an errant shot is headed their way. Instructors will also stress the importance of brisk play on a busy day and determining when it is time to concede that a ball is lost.

#5 Personalized Instruction

A lesson from a golf instructor is a one-on-one experience. The instructor will monitor your habits, tendencies and techniques in order to improve your style of play. You can contact your instructor outside of lessons with additional questions and his or her answer will be catered to your strengths on the course.

A golf instructor will also help to recommend the best type of golf clubs for your swing and which brand of golf balls to buy. He or she might also know of another course nearby that would suit your swing and that you might enjoy.

We hope this post encourages you to consider hiring a golf instructor before your next round of golf at Green Valley Floyd. We feel it is a beneficial experience for beginners and even for experienced golfers too!