Sevier County Golf Course Insurance: Keeping Sloping Greens

Sevier County Golf Course Insurance: Keeping Sloping Greens Sevier County Golf Course Insurance Keeping Sloping Greens

Golf course maintenance is a constant battle and one of the biggest problems most grounds managers face are slopes. Just about any maintenance function is more difficult on a sloping terrain; however slopes are often invaluable features for both aesthetics and functionality of a golf course. While gradual slopes can be a huge asset, to help keep water away from buildings while still allowing adequate water absorption into the soil, steep inclines and valleys can create unideal and even hazardous conditions.

Grounds Magazine, an industry publication for golf course and greens management professionals recently published an article identifying some of the common hazards of landscape sloping and offered some solutions about how to adapt to these challenges as well.

Some common challenges include:

  • Uneven water absorption: On flat or mildly graded surfaces, water has a longer time to permeate the surface before runoff occurs. As the slope increases, runoff occurs more rapidly leaving less time for the soil to absorb the water it needs at the top of the slope and too much water absorption at the bottom of a grade.  As a result it is common that plants at the top of the slope are unable to absorb the water they need to flourish while vegetation at the bottom of the slope becomes exposed to oversaturation.
  • Mowing and trimming hazards: Trimming the grass or plant along a slop can sometimes present additional safety hazards for landscapers. There is an increased risk of overturning a mower, difficulty maneuvering and even greater chance of slipping.
  • Poor fertilizer and mulch uniformity: As water tumbles down a slope creating uneven distribution of moisture, it can also carry fertilizer, herbicides and mulch along for the ride. Even without the assistance of water, mulch and other soil supplements can collect at the bottom of a slope due to natural forces like wind and gravity.

Keeping your grounds well maintained is a vital part of golf course longevity and prosperity. It is also important to make sure that your grounds are properly insured in the event of damage, catastrophes, vandalism and more. At Barnes Insurance Agency, we are pleased to provide owners and operators of golf courses and country clubs throughout Tennessee with the right insurance programs to protect against their many risk exposures.  Our Sevier County golf course insurance programs include Commercial Property and General Liability coverage which can be expanded to suite the specific needs of your operation.  For more information, give our Sevier County golf course insurance specialists a call today at 877-279-2500. 

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