On Monday, in 95 degree heat and staggering humidity, we were able to aerate all the approaches on the Golf Course as well as the Short Game area fairway. This is the first time we have punched the new fairway and it was great to get some topdressing sand on it. The topdressing will help firm up the surface and help the divots fill in more quickly.
Even Mr. Colombo got in on the action on Monday and lent us a helping hand with aeration cleanup.
With the approaches aerated, on Tuesday it made way for us to strip out the ryegrass aprons. These aprons were full of Poa annua, were very difficult to keep consistent and were just plain ugly.
New bentgrass sod was brought in on a refrigerated truck and was put into place carefully. Our entire crew worked all day on Tuesday replacing these aprons and making sure they were level and perfect.
After just two days we are seeing root initiation and growth. By this coming Monday, we will be rolling and mowing these approaches to get them ready for play. For now with the ropes up, please walk around the new sod and let it grow in properly. We hope to put them into play by the 31st.
With the approaches done we moved on to aerating tees on Wednesday. Out of all of our playing surfaces, the tees have the most thatch and organic matter on them. Over the years, these aerations have increased the quality and reduced our overall maintenance time greatly.
We use the core sweeper to clean up most of the plugs off the tees instead of simply shoveling them up. This saves us a ton of time and lets us finish all the tees in just about 10 hours total.
The sweeper lifts all the way up to dump into the bed of another vehicle. The specialization and versatility of our equipment is incredible. You are looking at about $65,000 worth of equipment right here. The cart that the plugs are being dumped in to is actually the vehicle that our 300 gallon spraying sits on. We can switch between sprayer and dump bed as needed.
The tees and approaches were all topdressed heavily with mason sand. The sand finds its way into the aeration holes after the brush and water helps it along. The particle size of the sand along with the fact that it holds less water than soil or clay helps maximize the amount of air that is available to the plant. The sand also helps fill up the upper thatch layer providing a firmer surface and one that can recover from divots faster.