A successful week I would say. The course was closed Monday and Tuesday for the turf department to complete some beneficial cultural practices. The turf team started aerating on Sunday night to get ahead of the dryject machines (see photo) that began on Monday. The entire process on greens took 2.5 days to complete. It entailed core aerification, sand topdressing, matting, dryjecting, hand brushing and finally numerous rolls with a heavy duty roller. Approximately 60 tons of sand was put on the greens surfaces. This is to dilute the thatch build-up which helps with water penetration and allows oxygen into the rootzone. All these will provide firmer, truer and healthier putting surfaces. With all this being done, the greens over the next week to 10 days will be a little softer and slower as we push a little growth to get the holes filled in. During this time please remember to fix your ballmarks.
While the greens were being completed we aerated tees and approaches followed by sand topdressing. This will create a firmer surface to hit from which will help with wear. We continued with our fairway topdressing program to create a denser, firmer turf canopy to help with ball roll and playability. In all we put down over 150 tons of sand on these areas.
The week was busy but at the end of the day the turf benefited from these practices and so will the members as playability will get better as we move into the hot summer months.
Have a great weekend!
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent