Happy New year to all of the Crest! Since the start of 2021 the agronomy team has been actively improving the golf course for next season. Our plans are dictated by the weather, and believe it or not this includes the winter as well. Although they are calling for a very cold winter, the ground has yet to freeze over and we are taking full advantage of this and focusing on improvements to the fairways.
The first step to improving the fairways is by adding a sand channel drainage system to some of the wettest areas of the course. We have a fantastic drainage system here, and this will only help supplement it by drying the soil faster after a major rain event.
The second step the team is working on to improve the fairways is deeptine aeration. As I discussed in an earlier post this process helps create pore space deep down in the soil profile. It creates channels for the infiltration of water and roots. Also it decompacts parts of soil profile that our regular cultural practices cannot reach.
When the weather shifts to frozen ground we will redirect our attention to other tasks. I hope you all are well. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.