To help reduce the wear on the collars, the golf course operations staff utilize turning boards from November to March. This is the time of year that the grass is growing the least, and the traffic from golfers and the mechanical stress from maintenance equipment is at its highest.
The turning boards we use at Olde Florida are made of high density polyethylene and measure 24" by 96". There are handles cut into each to help with the transport and movement of the turning boards. When cutting greens or approaches, each operator has at least four boards in their possession. When the green is being mowed, two or three boards are placed at each end of the green. The operator moves the boards after six to eight turns of the greens mower. The photos below depict the process.
|Turning boards in place on 10 green|
|An operator approaching turning boards|
|An operator disengaging a greens mower on a board to make a turn|
|An operator engaging a greens mower on the board to make his next pass on the putting surface|
Even with the turning boards in place, the collar and greens perimeters receive significant wear during the winter golf season. To help reduce compaction and encourage growth the collar and greens perimeters also receive periodic supplemental fertilization, hand watering and solid tine aeration or water injection aeration during the winter golf season.