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Willamette Valley Country Club

Sanding vs. Replacing Fairway Divots

All Divots Are Not Created Equal

Replacing divots vs. filling with sand and seed divot mix….

Generally, when hitting your shorter irons the divots are going to be bigger and thicker than if you were hitting a longer iron (hybrid) or fairway metal. These bigger divots that do not disintegrate should be replaced. If the divot does disintegrate or you are filling empty divots left by other golfers then fill the divot with sand and seed mix (sand bottles are available at the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 15th and 17th tee complexes). Try not to over fill the divot with sand and seed mix, but if you do, just brush your foot over the top leaving the mixture flush with the grass around the divot. During the winter months when the grass has gone semi-dormant, replacing your divot will heal faster than the straight sand and seed divot mix.

The roots can quickly reattach to the turf and thrive. Seed and sand mix will generally not germinate until the soil temperatures are 50 degrees and above. In the Northwest, soil temperatures are generally below 50 degrees from mid November through the end of April.

Please do not add sand and seed to any divots in the fescue areas. Simply replace the divot and tamp down to attach, if the divot disintegrates please the leave the divot and our crew will replace the missing sod with fescue sod. Our goal is to not contaminate the fescue areas with our fairway grass seed mix.