I recently took you on a stroll through the world famous Augusta National Golf Course (or was it a garden?). While there, one cannot help but wonder how do they keep the grounds so beautiful for patrons to enjoy.
I was lucky enough to be able to see some of the groundskeepers on the job. As the Saint and I entered the course, we noticed these men walking around with long stick type things. They were making a sweeping motion from side to side while walking down one of the long fairway's.
Our curiosity got the best of us. As we crept closer to these men, we could see what they were doing. Can you guess?
They were sweeping the grass clipping from the freshly mowed grass. I have no idea what these tools are called but we found them to be very interesting.
We were impressed with how they did the job of spreading out the fresh clippings. Have any of you ever seen such gardening tools before? We could not decide if they were rubber, or wood but they did seem to be flexible.
We found a mowing posse as we approached Amen Corner! This was really impressive to the hoards of people like myself snapping pictures of them. I refer to them as a posse because they ran in a pack. They were moving so quickly that I could only get 4 mowers in this shot together. There were 10 mowers all together!
They mowed in a staggered sequence. The lead mower would set the stage for the other mowers to follow being a few feet to the left or right of the lead mower. It was really interesting to see how quickly and how clipping free this type mowing preformed.
The man on the gray mower was the lead mower. Notice the woman driving the red mower! That surprised us as this course is very traditional and seems to be mostly a "Mans World". We were happy to see that a woman can work right along side the men today on this traditional course.
We are not sure why the tennis balls are hanging down from the roof. Our guess is they represent the middle of the mower to the drivers.
These mowers were so impressive that the Augusta Chronicle published a picture in yesterdays paper of all 10 mowers in a row while mowing. I was not so lucky to catch such a shot so I am using the picture from the newspaper. The caption says the grass type is bentgrass which is a slicker surface then other varieties.
Back at Amen corner we found another strange contraption on the green. We are not sure if this was clipping the grass, raking the grass or what. The strange thing was, the machine was moving from side to side as the man operated it! I was thinking that motion might make me a bit dizzy! Have any of you ever seen such a contraption? The Saint and I both were mesmerised at this toy.
We spotted these copper colored things on a few pine trees in one area. You can see a second one on the tree in the background. Enlarge to see if you can get any clues as to why these were on the trees. We guessed that they are a band aide of sorts to freshly pruned branches. They had a bad storm last year that took a few trees down so this could be a "patch" to missing branches compliments of Mother Nature. What do you think?
Over all the place was immaculate to the eye.
The Saint and I were trying our best to find flaws. We found two flaws. One being shown to the right of the dead patch of grass. We saw a few spots such as this one.
The other thing we spotted was right in the middle of one of the fairways. It looked as those some weeds had started to sprout! Guess not even the Masters Golf Course can escape those pesky weeds!
You can see the off colored weeds in this shot. Notice how spectators are allowed to walk on the fairways. I was shocked at that as we expected to be forced to walk on walkways only. We were pleasantly surprised to be able to walk all over the course. The only thing off limits is the Tee-off Boxes, Greens and some fairways.
I would love to know how much it cost to maintain this beautiful place! I would also love to able to be part of the maintenance crew. They must take great pride in their work. What say you? Any of you like to work beside me on the course?
I wish I knew more about the maintenance but at least we were able to see a bit of it first hand...