Bermuda Grass looks dry and brown during the Winter.
It's a common but understandable misconception that many of the Golf Courses suffer from poor maintenance during the winter months.
During the winter many of the courses look brown in colour with the only green grass .... on the Greens!
Is the dry looking brown Fairways a lack of water or just poor maintenance? Thankfully neither.
The Golf Courses use common Bermuda Grass which is tolerate to the high temperatures and drought. This is crucial to this region where the average temperatures are the warmest in Spain. Unfortunately, Bermuda Grass is not tolerate to low temperatures and shade.
During the winter months, the cooler temperatures (especially during the night) and the shorter days with less hours of sunlight, means the Bermuda grass used by nearly all the Golf Courses becomes dormant.
The dormant grass becomes brown in colour which aesthetically is not appealing and the courses look dry.
It’s important for players to know that the grass has not died or is lacking in water or maintenance.
The Bermuda grass stops growing over the winter but during the dormant phase, the condition of the grass is fine and the course still plays well.
Once the temperatures start to raise and the amount of daylight hours increase from March, the Bermunda grass is no longer dormant and it starts to turn green.
At this stage, the courses can look very patchy with some areas of grass turning green quicker than others.
By the end of April the whole of the course is green again and all the courses are considered to be in their best condition by the start of May.