The use of winter greens throughout the winter is unavoidable however the greens staff will always aim to keep the main greens in play where possible. With the improvements made to the greens they should now hold up well to rainfall and the main reason for winter greens is frost.
A grass plant has a 65% water content and becomes hard and brittle during cold conditions. The frost itself doesn’t damage the plant it is only when you travel on a frozen green that damage occurs. Below is a short video explaining the reason why we use winter greens during frost periods.
In the video they mention delaying play until the frost has cleared, at Ponteland we prefer to use winter greens until it has fully cleared. The more we look after the greens the longer we can keep them smooth and fast but more importantly the better the greens will be come spring 2014.