Tee renovation strategies from DLF

Stuart Yarwoodin Turf & Grass Seed

After enduring a long and wettest winter on record, many golf course managers and greenkeepers are faced with the daunting task of revitalising their tees and worn areas on golf courses for the upcoming season later than usually planned.

The excessive moisture, coupled with cold temperatures and late growth, can take a toll on turfgrass health, resulting in issues such as thatch accumulation, compaction, disease pressure, and poor sward quality. With the golfing calendar opening up and player expectations running high, many areas of ground are still not stable or dry enough to work on, let alone even mow the race is on to balance golfer expectations with quality turf recovery. However, with drying sun and winds, grass starting to grow, and with the right approach of sustainable greenkeeping practices, it's possible to breathe new life into your tees and other worn areas and achieve optimal playing conditions for golfers.

In this article, we'll explore some strategies for tee renovation and highlight the range of high-quality seed options available from DLF.

Assessment and Planning

Before diving into renovation efforts, it's essential to assess the current condition of your tees and ground conditions and develop a comprehensive plan of action. Conduct a thorough inspection to identify areas of Thatch accumulation, compaction, waterlogging, Dry Patch areas, LeatherJacket, and general turfgrass wear damage. Take soil samples to understand Soil Ph, current Organic Matter & Nutrient levels, and use apps like Sunseeker to identify shade issues, all of which can provide valuable insights for well-communicated and planned Turf management programs.

Aeration and Soil Improvement

Aeration is a fundamental practice for alleviating compaction and improving soil structure, especially after periods of prolonged wet weather. When conditions allow employ different aeration practices such as Vertidraining, Solid or Hollow coring, linear decompaction, or scarification, all allowing air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the root zone.

Consider incorporating additional topdressing to further enhance surface drainage, reduce worm castings, smooth and true the surfaces, and protect any newly planted seedlings. Wetting agent technologies that can cure accumulated Dry Patch and ensure water movement through soils in invaluable.

These sustainable turf management practices promote root growth, improve drainage, and create a conducive recovery environment for healthy turfgrass surfaces.

Overseeding with High-Quality Seed

Overseeding is a crucial step in tees renovation to fill in thin or bare areas and enhance turf density and uniformity. The Johnsons Sports Seeds range from DLF offers a range of premium seed blends with higher purity and germination along with growmax coating for improved establishment.

DLF Seeds are undertaking global trials to screen against the broadest range of diseases, whilst creating tolerance to a broad range of environmental conditions, such as drought, water logging, frost, heat, and salt tolerance. All of these trials take place independently to ensure we deliver the most sustainable grass seed solutions for your turf. 

These new mixes from Dlf Johnsons Sports Seeds are specifically designed for tees and wear renovation, each tailored to meet the unique needs of golf course turfgrass:

  1. J Ultrafine Rye 100: A new high-quality blend of 100% perennial ryegrass. Four of the strongest, finest leaved cultivars on the market, ideal for rapid establishment and superior wear tolerance under close mown conditions
  2. J Multisport 50/50: A versatile mix of perennial ryegrass and fine fescues, perfectly balanced for durability, resilience, and aesthetic appeal.
  3. J Rye Fairway: An elite 60% Fescue with a 40% blend of both Perennial and faster-establishing Tetraploid Ryegrass, fine-leaved Chewings, and Creeping Red Fescue, engineered for exceptional wear, drought tolerance, and disease resistance.
  4. J Premier Tee: The latest innovation from DLF, J Premier Tee combines top-rated perennial ryegrass with fine fescues and hard-wearing Poa Trivialis, delivering unmatched performance and playability on tees in shaded environments
  5. J Fescue A Premium 100% fine fescue mix of 50% Chewings & 50% Slender Creeping Red Fescue offering a superior fine-leaved surface requiring fewer inputs
  6. Many early adopters of Ryegrass on tees and wear areas are now upgrading to the new 4Turf Tetraploid Ryegrass technology as seen in the J4Turf50 (50% Diploid/50% Tetraploid) or 4Turf100 mixes (100% Tetraploid). These new Tetraploid varieties from DLF offer fast rooting establishment, outstanding wear, and aesthetic appeal, whilst requiring less nutrient and irrigation and providing greater drought, disease, and shade tolerance on your Tees.  

By selecting the right seed blend for your renovation project, you can achieve superior results in terms of turf quality, durability, and playability, while also minimizing environmental impact and resource usage.


Renovating tees after a long and wet winter requires careful planning, strategic implementation, and a commitment to fundamental greenkeeping practices. By incorporating turf practices such as aeration, soil nutrition improvement, wear management, grass species selection, and overseeding with high-quality cultivars from DLF Johnsons Sports Seeds, you can rejuvenate your tees and create superior playing conditions for your customers within today's budgets, weather patterns, and timeframes. With the right approach, your tees can thrive and provide a high-quality golfing experience for years to come.

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