How a Master’s Green is Built

Since 1933, The Master’s has been held in Augusta. The course founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts co founded Augusta, have grown the tournament and turned it into an important part of professional golf. Augusta’s greens are impeccably maintained, and that attention to detail is what makes the tournament and the course stand out.

Field Survey

During a field survey, a baseline for green is established. A grid is used to judge distance and slope, important for golfers trying to sink a long distance putt. The field survey also supplies the greens master with important information about the slope of the green in terms that are real and measurable.

Laser Tech

Laser scans are a fairly new concept in grounds maintenance, but they provide a valuable modeling service for greens keepers. With laser scanning, the speed of a green (that’s putting speed) is measurable before new designs are deployed. Scans help ensure that the speeds these golfers are used to are maintained, meaning distance and accuracy of a shot are preserved.


When the turf is applied, a specialized turf mower is used to trim the grass to lengths that are appropriate. The short grass of a green is achieved through special blades that are designed to trim grass closer to the earth.

Once the grounds have been trimmed, year-round maintenance is crucial to keeping to grounds playable. A turf sweeper helps pick up the grass clippings and debris left behind by that maintenance without harming the greens with rakes or hoes.

Author Bio: This blog post comes courtesy of Global Turf Equipment, vendor of turf management equipment to over 80 countries worldwide. Global Turf sells club car carryall equipment designed to move workmen and equipment around golf courses.