Sports Turf Health Watch 2021

AUGUST 2021 HEADLINE: With record breaking levels of sport grass health across the UK in May and June this year it seemed likely that July would also look good, and so it proves. 2021 sets the record for the highest average levels of grass in July in the years since records began in 2018.

APRIL 2021 HEADLINE: On average sports turf health has made a significant recovery through April 2021. As we approach the tradition peak in May there many reason for optimism that after a very poor start to the year 2021 could exceed expectation.

Review changes in sports turf health across the regions of the UK using the links below.

APRIL 2021 HEADLINE: Grass health in the Uk is struggling to keep up with the health levels recorded in previous years. Whilst we can offer many explanations for this such as COVID lock down and cold dry weather, the interesting question is just how much recovery we can expect in the remaining months of spring growth.

How do you compare? How does your grass health stack up with the benchmark numbers for your region?

Regional data (scroll down) is based on tracking the same areas of golf grass each week over 12 months. The graphs report the highest observation in any one month, maxima and minima are also highest observation i.e. a minimum is the lowest maximum score observed (not the absolute lowest score in the data set). This means that the minimum was in fact the ‘best’ score recorded by one course in that particular month.

The range therefore highlights how variable grass health can be at any point in the year in the region.

As this is still in a pilot phase the sample sizes are small but already highlight some fascinating differences in the health performance of grass across the UK.

Golf courses were chosen because of their location across the region and not because of any other factor.

2021 Vitality Tracker

January to April 2021

Check this page out later for monthly updates.



How does your golf course result compare?

Graph shows the collective mean and individual maxima and minima observed.

Quarter 1 contained the wettest February on record and Q2 was a dry spring. Covid-19 lock down is also a factor.


One of the wettest autumn/winters in living memory


‘Beast from East’ that made measurement of KDVI very difficult and 2018 was also the year of the drought.

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