Golf

Golfing drive tests on EUROGREEN testing grounds

With a powerful swing and a number 7 iron, both employees lofted the balls (without tees) into the air and deliberately hacked divots into the turf. For the sake of non-golfers, it should be explained here that in an ideal golfing drive, the club will strike the ball first and then the ground. As the club hits the ground, a lump of grass is often removed. This lump of grass and the damaged area is called a divot.
The result of the drive tests on the various turf surfaces is remarkable. As expected, on the non-hybrid turf area, the sparks flew. The heavy hits from the golf clubs produced deep holes in the turf.
On the hybrid turf, in contrast, it proved impossible to produce holes in the surface: the club bounced off the surface of the matting. Other advantages: the synthetic turf element is not damaged and driving off an area that has already been heavily used causes no problem, as the synthetic turf still supports the ball to some degree.

The hybrid turf is thus not only an alternative, but in fact a real improvement for golf courses, both on driving ranges as well as on the course itself.
Conclusion: tests passed!

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Hybrid turf on golf courses

Hybrid turf is also ideal for usage on golf courses. All greenkeepers know the problems of worn-out and bare spots in driving areas, especially on driving ranges. Intensive use of these areas strains the grass to its limits and often beyond. In addition, such areas become bumpy because of damaged soil and require expensive regeneration measures.

Hybrid turf, with its better durability and playability, is the solution to these very problems. The combination of synthetic fibres and durable grasses offers the golfer a flat and stable surface to drive off from, unlike unreinforced areas of turf. The greenkeeper, in turn, benefits from having less work to do.

In the picture below, you can see driving areas with and without hybrid turf. The area marked in red has hybrid matting installed. It can be clearly seen that this area has significantly fewer holes in it than the area without hybrid turf (in the white box).

Driving area at the Essen Gymnastics and Fencing Club