Bentgrass (Penncross) Seed

  1. Lawn
  2. Golf/Bowling green

Pencross Bentgrass is considered by many to be the most beautiful of grasses with a tight, upright growth characteristic and a fine leaf texture. It has a deep blueish-green color, thick density, low growing habit and is considered a luxury cool season grass.

Bentgrasses spread by their long creeping stems, which extend over the surface of the soil. The joints (nodes) of these stems take root very easily, to form the thick, velvety turf for which Bentgrass is famous. It blends perfectly with Princess 77 Couch to provide a pristine, manicured golf course type lawn.

Penncross Bentgrass suits temperate Australian climates including Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales. It is not recommended in the far northern areas of Australia where the weather is consistently around 35 degrees. Unfortunately at these temperatures the roots cannot sustain the heat and die off.

Seeding rates:

  • New Lawns: 10 grams per square meter (1kg/100m2)
  • Overseeding: 5 grams per square meter (1kg/200m2)

For more information see below for Description and Features to see if this grass suits you!

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Very fine




Slow spreading

Growth Rate



Penncross Bentgrass is a super thin bladed, very dense grass. The texture is very similar to carpet, which is why its the perfect choice for golf and bowling greens. It has an aggressive growth pattern which contributes to the high traffic tolerance of this grass.

Sowing Tips: Plant ensuring good seed to soil contact but no deeper than 0.7cm.

Optimal Planting Time: The best time to sow is when the temperature is consistently close to 18 degrees.

Germination: Germination will take place in 7 – 15 days, depending on soil temperatures. Limited use of the area can be expected in 6 weeks.

Water: Keep seedlings moist until well rooted. Penncross performs best on a sandy soil and tolerates clay soils with adequate drainage. Bentgrasses do not perform well in wet areas, however, Penncross can tolerate saturated soil conditions for short periods of time.

Fertilizing: Penncross performs best in soils with a pH of 5.5 to 8. It has a moderate annual Nitrogen requirement.

First Mowing: The first mowing may be expected within 30 days, or when the plants have sufficiently rooted.

Mowing Frequency: Penncross’s optimum mowing height is 4.8mm to 8mm, but can be adjusted higher or lower depending upon maintenance practices and intended use. Increased mowing requirements during the active growth phase is expected.

Disadvantages of Penncross:

  • Penncross requires moderate to high maintenance.
  • Penncross can be used for residential lawns but homeowners should investigate the care required for this grass, along with the soil, air and drainage requirements needed to make this grass grow before planting.

 Seed and Package Details: 100% Pencross Bentgrass, 80% Min Germination, 98% purity.

Independently Tested: A seed testing Certificate is available upon request.

Ideal Use: Golf Courses (fairways, tees and greens), Residential Lawns, Winter Overseeding of Bermudagrass Greens.

Where can I sow this grass in Australia?  Areas 4, 6, 8, 9.

Shade Tolerance: High

Sunlight Required: 4 hours

Drought Tolerance:  High

Traffic Tolerance: Excellent

Frost Tolerance: Good


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  • Warm
  • Cool

Warm season grasses thrive during the warmer months in Spring and Summer and may go dormant in cooler climates through winter.

Cool season grasses thrive during the cooler months in Winter

Seed information

Shade tolerance (Weather)

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Heavy Shade
  • Full Shade

Drought tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Traffic tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Frost tolerance

  • Poor
  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Average days to germination

  • 2-3 Weeks
  • 2-4 Weeks
  • 3-4 Weeks

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Customer Reviews

Based on 25 reviews
Bentgrass it’s magical!

Drop seeded, average day temps low to mid 20’s.

Surprised me to see germination on day 4!

Getting ready for first cut at 18mm on day 18 as some sections are 25 to 35mm in height.

Very happy!

It's going to be an awesome lawn

Our seeds germinated within 6 days and the grass is a beautiful emerald green. We had a couple of problems with one of the dogs and our rabbits (who run free), but we re-sowed the damaged patches, and that grass is starting to come up now. I was very surprised to see such strong growth because the area gets very little sun, and this is the third variety of seed we've tried (the others were from another supplier). I am also grateful for the speedy processing of our order. It arrived very quickly, so we managed to sow while we were still in spring. Thanks very much, McKays Grass Seeds! :-)

Bentgrass (Pencross) Seed for DIY Putting Green

Sowed seed at 1kg per 100sqm, together with a lawn starter fertiliser, after about 8 days it germinated, now after 8 weeks of Yarra Ranges spring weather, the grass has really thickened out, forming a springy mat underneath. First time I have ever sown a lawn, I followed your 7 steps guide and am very happy with the results to date.

Love the product

Communication with Nathan was either late or nonexistent. Product was in stock when ordered but was told after 2 weeks it was out of stock


Bentgrass (Penncross) Seed


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