Every winter, many golfers in the Northern United States head south in search of beautiful, challenging golf courses that aren't covered in snow. For seaside golf courses in the Southern United States, St. Augustine grass can add both of the things northern golfers are look for to a course. If you manage a coastal golf resort on the Gulf of Mexico, planting St. Augustine grass seed in your course's roughs may add both challenge and beauty to your holes.
St. Augustine Grass is Richly Green
St. Augustine grass has a rich, green color when it's mature. It's often used in commercial landscaping and residential lawns, because it both shows well in pictures and looks beautiful in person when it's well watered. Few other grasses have a color that compares with the green beauty of a well maintained patch St. Augustine grass.
While St. Augustine grass is generally known its beauty, it's especially praised for how well it excels in shady areas. Even under a big oak tree, St. Augustine grass can maintain its rich green color. Even when planted in the roughs of golf courses, where trees often cast shadows, St. Augustine grass will remain beautiful and green.
Planting St. Augustine grass seed in your course's roughs will make your resort pop in photos and look lush in person. It'll look great against the blue of the ocean, show deep greens under any trees your property and create a stark contrast with lighter-colored fairway grasses.
St. Augustine Grass Grows Thickly
St. Augustine grass is also well-suited for roughs, because its thick and spongy when fully grown. Its blades measure between 5 and 9 millimeters (0.20 and 0.35 inches) when mature, making the grass thicker than most golfers would like to deal with.
Additionally, St. Augustine grass forms a spongy lawn. The grass' shoots put out runners that grow into new shoots, but gaps are left between runners. These gaps remain even when the grass is mature, creating air pockets that mimic a sponge.
Because St. Augustine grass is both thick and spongy, it is particularly hard to golf on. Balls hit into a rough planted with St. Augustine grass seed won't bounce or roll much, and it's harder to hit a ball that's in St. Augustine grass than one that's in Bermuda grass, bentgrass, ryegrass or zoysiagrass—which are often used in fairways.
St. Augustine Grass is Perfect for the Gulf Coast
St. Augustine grass seed is particularly suited to be used in the coastal areas surrounding the Gulf of Mexico. The grass is planted in lawns of every state that touches the Gulf: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
While St. Augustine grass may be used in many different parts of the states listed above, it's does especially well when planted right along the coast. St. Augustine grass is salt-tolerant (so is zoysiagrass, which is planted along fairways). It shouldn't be watered with salt water. A little spray from an ocean wave, however, won't harm the grass. If your course has roughs that meet the ocean, St. Augustine grass can be planted right up to the high tide mark.
If your golf course attracts a lot of golfers from the Northern U.S., give them what they're looking for. Plant St. Augustine grass seed in your roughs to add both beauty and challenge to your links. The grass is even suited for planting alongside the ocean, making it the perfect choice. Because it will grow well in both under trees and where waves spray, you won't have to worry about planting grass in your course's roughs again for years. For more insight, visit resources like https://californiasodcenter.com/.Share
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