Aerification week went very well. All greens, tees, and approaches were aerified, and heavy sand topdressing was applied. We used a small tyne on greens because our soil tests came back with minimal change in organic matter. Each green had a combination of solid tynes on the high flat areas and a coring tyne on low areas. We cored the low areas because this is where the organic matter will build the fastest. At the beginning of next week we will apply another sand topdressing to help fill in the remaining holes and promote a smoother putting surface. In all, the greens have been recovering very well and are setting up for a great fall season.
Over the next month or so we will continue with aerifying and topdressing fairways. The fairways will be solid tyned and topdressed to promote a better playing surface and help with worm castings in the long run. We have completed fairways #1, 3, and 7, and going forward we will follow no specific order. This process causes little or no disruption to play and will be completed as time permits.
Over the next month or so we will be seeding and sodding areas that thinned from the heat stress and traffic wear throughout the summer. Previously seeded stump holes that have not fully grown in will be seeded, and areas of poa that wilted in the roughs, like the right side of #12, will be sodded to Kentucky bluegrass. For the third time this season we will sod the cart exit to #18 green. As previously mentioned, it will be sodded 2 to 3 times per year, pending wear.
For the most part, the course survived the long, hot summer, and we will now be switching our maintenance practices to promote turf recovery and plant health. Heading into the winter on a healthy note will set the spring up for a great start.
Have a great long weekend!
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent