This week the grounds staff is busy aerating the golf course. Aeration is a vital part of our agronomy program, through which we cultivate our soils to ensure a health golf course this fall. Our goal for this week is to hit all our playing surfaces.
Currently, greens and approaches are aerated, cleaned up, and are receiving soil amendments and topdressing sand. Fairways have been slices. The two ranges tees have been aerated, and the rest of the tees are being aerated as I type.
We hope to finish up our greens process today, our tees tomorrow, and have the course ready for Thursday. Thank you for your patience as we work hard to complete this necessary agronomic process.
I have received multiple questions about the insects on the 7th green, they are Cicada Killer Wasps. We are repairing the damage and applying insecticides to the burrows daily. These insects can be a pest to putting greens, however they are generally non-aggressive and are considered a beneficial wasp, as they help keep cicada population under control. The following link has more detailed information about them if you want, https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef004. So far, we seem to be seeing a decline in damage after about a week of making insecticide treatments.
On the course, we are recovering from the tropical storm that hit the Crest on Tuesday. The golf course is starting to dry out, but there is more rain in the forecast. The team is busy clean up all the debris and fixing the bunkers and we anticipate having a wet but good golf course for the upcoming weekend.
Finally, a quick reminder that our August aeration is less then two weeks away. Our plan is to core aerate the greens and approaches, spike the fairways and first cut of rough, and topdress the tees. Thank you so much for all your support as we work to improve the conditions of the playing surfaces. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.