This fall has been really excellent weather for the Crest. We are experiencing some of the best conditions of the year, things are firm, fast and healthy. The team has been busy seeding and repairing the golf course from the summer. We are looking forward to our final push of agronomy work as the season winds down in the coming weeks.
The greens are in great shape. With the warmer then normal weather they have been actively growing later in the year. This added growth has us looking to do a light topdressing before the next rain event. These light and frequent topdressings are a critical part of our greens health. As in my previous years here we will be completing a late fall core aeration on the greens around Thanksgiving, this takes the place of a early spring aeration.
Thank you for all your patience over the past month as we completed our fairway aeration. Getting that critical agronomy practice done earlier in the season is already paying huge dividends in the overall recover of our fairways after a long, hot and wet summer. The fairways aerated first have already full recovered and much of the soil and seed we added to weak areas has filled in. The last two fairways, 4 and 8, are still working back to being healthy, they did get some mechanical stress during the hot and windy days at the end of last week. We expect them to be great again the coming weeks. In December, we plan on doing a deeptine aeration to the fairways. This will not bring up any soil, but will make a solid hole over 8 inches down in the soil profile to help with drainage, layering, and overall soil health for next season.
Tees and Approaches
The tee boxes and approaches will receive their fall aeration in the coming weeks. We will use Tuesdays and early mornings to complete the agronomy work without disturbing our golfers experience. These areas are responding very well to the agronomy program, and the team feels the tee boxes out performed past expectations.
As our agronomy work is completed the team will be starting to look at winter projects. I am looking forward to keeping all of you up to date on our winter work in the coming weeks and months.