THE SUFFERING SURFACE
From a sensible mistake to the absurdly intentional, what are the harshest things that routinely happen to greens? According to a pair of superintendents, they are:
▶ Golfers often drag their feet, hurting the green for a few days. ▶ General overuse.
▶ Walking across the green after a snowstorm packs down the snow and hurts the grass. ▶ Spilled drinks: After the memberguest, you find a lot of dead patches on the greens and can smell the alcohol on the grass. ▶ Geese and other animals walking on the greens. moderate
▶ Parties: trash left out, people running on the green. ▶ Spray paint. ▶ Spray-on sunblock/bug spray. You end up with green footprints surrounded by dead turf. The chemicals kill the grass. ▶ Squirrels trying to bury nuts on the green. ▶ Divots—either out of anger or players trying to pick up the ball with their putters. ▶ Reaching into the cup with a putter. ▶ Ashes from cigarettes, cigars and . . . humans. One man had his remains spread on a green. His memory lived on, but the grass did not. ▶ Fire extinguishers. the most severe ▶ Motor vehicles —claire rogers