How True Are Your Putting Greens?

Feb. 4, 2015
noon (Central)

Doug Linde, Ph.D.

Providing a high-quality putting surface is no simple feat and certain maintenance tasks can temporarily change the playing surface. New research shows that surface disruptions have less influence than expected on whether a ball goes into the hole. In this 90-minute webcast, Doug Linde, Ph.D., shares research from two putting green trueness studies conducted in New Zealand. First, learn how long it takes trueness of a cultivated putting green to return to pre-cultivation levels for various cultivation practices. Then, hear how Linde compared three methods to measure trueness - the R&A “Holing Out Test”, a visual bobble test and a ball spread test – by testing each on 150 greens. Results may surprise you – join us to learn practices you can use to measure and manage green trueness.

About the instructor

Doug Linde, Ph.D.Doug Linde, Ph.D., is a professor of turfgrass management in the plant science department at Delaware Valley College. Linde grew up as a golf course superintendent's son on Wedgewood Golf Course in Allentown, Penn. His career goal to become a superintendent changed upon graduation from Delaware Valley. He went to Pennsylvania State University, earned a masters and Ph.D., then returned to Del Val to develop and direct the turf management program. Linde specializes in preparing students for a career in the turf industry, teaches several turf management courses, coaches the golf team, advises the Turf Club, and supervises the turf-research facility on campus. He received the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2003, was awarded the 2005 Golf Coach of the Year award for the NCAA Div. III Freedom Conference, and has taken two research sabbaticals in New Zealand. Linde taught the popular webcast Monitoring and Managing Putting Green Firmness for GCSAA in 2012.


Member price: Free
Nonmember price: $60
Chapter price: $100
Education points: 0.2

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