How to Keep Your Course’s Flags Looking Great
Golf course superintendents and managers want to keep their courses looking fresh, clean, and inviting. However, if the flags look worn and dirty, the course can give off the wrong first impression as players get to the 1st hole. To keep a course looking and feeling great, superintendents stay out of the rough by purchasing high-quality flags and replacing them on time. Players will consider this type of attention to detail a hole-in-one!
Buy Well-Made Flags
Frayed edges and unraveling stitches look unprofessional and can ruin an otherwise clean course. When shopping for flags, golf professionals should look for quadruple stitching around the edges. The alternative, double-stitched edges, can wear down quickly and make courses look messy. The extra stitching on well-made flags can stand up to the elements longer.
How to Keep Flags Clean
In general, golf flags can be machined washed using a mild laundry detergent or even some concentrated Simple Green in the gentle cycle. Then all the flags to air dry. Putting your golf flags in a tumble dryer is NOT recommended. First off, our tubes do not tumble well and secondly, the heat of the dryer will set the dirt into the fibers of the flag making it difficult to remove the stain.
Many golf courses can have rust build up in their irrigation systems. Rust can have a tendency to discolor the flags. If this is the case, then a rust remover safe for fabric can be utilized during the washing process.
Go for 200 Denier
At first glance, it’s easy to see why some golf courses choose 400 denier flags as opposed to lighter 200 denier flags. Heavier is better, right? Well, not so fast. Golf flags simply look better when they fly; the course logo and / or tournament sponsor can be seen more clearly (great for all the photos and TV cameras). They also serve their purpose better when they fly. But 400 denier flags need winds of seven to 10 miles per hour to wave, while their lighter counterparts only require three to five miles per hour. Since these flags help golfers determine wind direction and speed, players are much more likely to appreciate the 200 denier flag option. An additional bonus of the lighter flags is less drag is put on the flag, which means less lean or tilt on the flagstick which in turn relates to less stress on the ferrule and cup with will result in less wear and tear on these course accessories.
Replace Flags as Recommended
Standard Golf recommends new flags for every season, which is in line with their warranty. The exceptions are our “Event flags”, which have a 30-day warranty. To ensure a crisp, clean, professional course, use and replace flags within their warranty period.
For more information on golf flags and other golf course accessories, contact Standard Golf or your favorite Standard Golf distributor.