Do they use Bermuda grass on golf courses?

Answered by Robert Flynn

Bermudagrass is indeed a widely used grass on golf courses, particularly in the southern regions where the climate is warmer and more suitable for this type of grass. Its popularity stems from its ability to thrive in drought-like conditions, withstand extreme heat, and even tolerate some shade. As a warm season grass, Bermudagrass is well-suited to the hot and humid conditions often found in southern climates.

Golf courses require grass that can withstand heavy foot traffic, recover quickly from damage, and provide a smooth and consistent playing surface. Bermudagrass ticks all these boxes, making it a preferred choice for many golf course superintendents.

One of the key advantages of Bermudagrass is its ability to tolerate drought. In areas where water availability may be limited or irrigation restrictions are in place, Bermudagrass can maintain its color and vitality much better than other grasses. This is especially important in regions with hot summers and little rainfall.

Additionally, Bermudagrass has excellent heat tolerance, which is crucial for golf courses located in areas with scorching summers. Golf courses endure constant sun exposure, and Bermudagrass is known for its ability to endure and thrive under such extreme conditions.

Furthermore, Bermudagrass can handle heavy traffic. Golf courses see a significant amount of foot traffic, especially in popular areas such as tees, fairways, and greens. Bermudagrass has a robust root system that allows it to recover quickly from damage caused by golfers’ footsteps and golf carts. The ability to bounce back and maintain its quality playing surface is highly desirable for golf course maintenance.

While Bermudagrass is well-suited for southern climates, it may not be the best choice for regions with cooler temperatures or prolonged periods of freezing weather. In such areas, cool season grasses like Bentgrass or Poa annua may be more suitable.

In my personal experience working on golf courses, Bermudagrass has been a staple choice for fairways and roughs. Its ability to withstand the demanding conditions of golf course maintenance and provide a consistent playing surface has made it a go-to grass for many superintendents.

Bermudagrass is widely used on golf courses, particularly in southern climates. Its ability to tolerate drought, extreme heat, and heavy traffic make it an ideal choice for golf course maintenance. However, it may not be as suitable for regions with cooler temperatures or prolonged freezing periods.