This morning we were able to finish aerating the last of the greens. Now all of the playing surfaces have been aerated and are prepared for winter. Thank you so much to the staff members from other departments that came out this week to help us finish up the green's process. This fall aeration process will help insure an excellent spring golfing season on 2020.
Working with the weather is a constant challenge in golf course maintenance. This morning we have no frost, so we were able to start aerating right away. However, there is now a forecast of heavy rain this afternoon and evening, this has augmented our plan to do all the fairways in one shot, instead we are focusing this morning on the finishing the back nine. I will be updating you more as the day goes on.....
The wet weather of the past few weeks has forced us to modify some of our aeration plans. We will be bringing in a company to assist us with fairway aeration next Thursday, November 7th. We will unfortunately need to keep the course closed that morning, as we work to process and clean up the aeration plugs on our 25 acres of fairways. The process and goals will remain the same, however; with their additional equipment, we will be able to finish all the remaining fairways in just over a day. We will still be pulling up soil and creating a natural composting system that will improve the chemical, physical, and biological conditions of our fairways. I will be updating the blog over the course of that day, as we work. Thank you in advance for your understanding for this inconvenience as we work to improve the golf course for years to come.
The grass range tee is now closed for the season. Last week’s frosts have begun to push our bermuda grass into dormancy, and it is critical that we minimize the traffic it receives from now until next spring.
Finally, we have scheduled our final greens aeration for November 18-20th, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This process will be similar to what we did in August. We will be removing a core and filling the holes with topdressing sand. Our current plan to to do several back nine greens Monday morning before the golfers get to the holes, then on Tuesday get as many greens done as possible before nightfall, and use Wednesday for wrapping things up.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.