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What is Wicking on a golf course?

Just a little FYI today.  When you play a course and see yellow or brown on a teeing area or green and the rest of the area looks "great" it could be caused by wicking.  Newer golf courses, like Lederach, have sand based greens and tees with a barrier holding the sand area in place.  The area outside of the barrier which is mostly topsoil actually pulls water from the sand based area drying out that area which results in a yellow or brown area on the green or tee.  This normally occurs in drought like conditions. Thanks for reading and check back soon.  Thanks.

Dan Washleski, PGA GM