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Basic work description and duties

A professional who maintains a golf course or country club's grounds. This includes all cultural practices along with setting of pins and marking of hazards for regular club play along with tournament play. Greenskeepers work under the direction of the Golf Course Superintendent or Director of Golf Course Operations. A detailed knowledge of agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, chemistry, and soil science is a necessity that sets greenskeepers apart from the regular grounds crew, and requires a college degree in agricultural or environmental sciences at higher end golf clubs.

Measuring green speed with a stimpmeter

Greenskeepers measure the "speed" of golf greens with a stimpmeter. The Stimpmeter is used to compare greenspeed within a facility to ensure consistency. Stimpmeter readings should not be used to compare one facility to another-many factors including design, undulation and grass type affect green speed. The tool measures how fast a green allows the golf ball to travel. A greenskeeper can increase the speed of the green by mowing the grass shorter, mowing more than once in multiple directions, or by topdressing the green with a small amount of fine sand to alter the putting surface.

Responsibility of setting the pins for play

Setting pins and tee markers is the one part of the job that sets greenskeepers apart from all other groundskeepers and horticulturists - otherwise, most groundskeeping tasks are nearly...
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