Greenskeeping Basics – Page 8

Fairways and Greens


We’ve heard it before: fairways, greens and enjoy the walk. But let’s dive a little deeper. Fairways are cut at various widths, but according to the PGA Tour’s course conditioning guide, they should be between 25-30 yards at the professional level. Mowing heights in the range of 7/16 – 1/2 inch, are usually specified depending on conditions.

Greens are recommended to typically run between nine and a half to 11 feet on a USGA stimp meter and should be firm, not hard for tournament play. Generally, collar or fringe width is set to 30 inches unless otherwise dictated by the golf course design. Height should be between a quarter and a half an inch.

Unless your local muni is something like TPC Sawgrass, chances are these measurements will differ slightly. 

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