Course Update for September 1, 2017

The golf course will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 5 and Wednesday, Sept. 6 for our scheduled aerification.

I thought this might be a good time to briefly review why we aerate and why it is essential for us to do so. As turf grows through the season, it continually generates new shoots and roots to replace the older ones that aren’t effective anymore. This creates a layer of decaying organics at the surface. This organic layer becomes problematic very quickly.

Photo: This subsurface image of the green profile shows accumulating organics in the top inch.  It has a slightly darker color.

The organic layer acts like a sponge and retains moisture at the surface. The plant can no longer breathe or grow properly. The greens can become soft and bumpy and the problem can progress rapidly. Aerating a minimum of twice a year in addition to many other agronomic strategies ensures that the greens remain structurally sound and allows us to provide quality greens throughout the majority of the season.

This is an informative video posted by the USGA about aeration:

Fore The Golfer: Why Aerate The Greens?

Good luck to all who are competing in the Club Championship.

Have a great long weekend.

Andre Aymar, Golf Course Superintendent