You won’t find these at every golf course in Japan, but it is common to see a green condition (グリーンコンディション) information board prominently displayed at the clubhouse.
The Facebook page for Monthly Golf Management magazine (月刊ゴルフマネジメント) shared a beautiful photo gallery with representative examples of these green condition boards.
The KBC Augusta tournament (#KBCオーガスタ) is coming up, and as in past years, I find it extraordinarily interesting. There aren’t many tournaments like this one, from a grass and playing surface perspective.
There’s a short video about greenkeeper Mamoru Shoji and course maintenance at Kasumigaseki CC on YouTube. I especially like the view from the drone just after the 3 minute mark, showing the greens nestled among the carefully trimmed pine trees.
I’ve written about getting around the golf course on a sulky, but an even more common method of transport is the kei truck.
It’s convenient to use kei trucks.
A kei truck easily transports two people and two walking mowers, plus clipping volume buckets and other accessories, like the ramps that are used to roll the mowers into the bed of the truck.
Last November I saw a creeping bentgrass nursery in Japan. The nursery had been fumigated to kill seeds in the soil before the bentgrass seeds were planted.
I was surprised to see, scattered across the nursery, plants with big leaves that clearly were not creeping bentgrass.
Last week I had a couple conversations about green speed.
Green speed and surface hardness My column in the June 2018 issue of Golf Course Seminar magazine discusses the relationship between effective mowing height and green speed.
On a recent trip to Japan, I’d wanted to get a new video of a core sweeper in operation. Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for the greenkeeper, who had a laugh about this, the sweepers clean the greens so fast that by the time I arrived there were no more cores to sweep.