Looks like the weather is not going to cooperate for us today, drizzle and 15-30 mph winds. The course is closed today so we can begin the process of aerating the course. Today we are in the process of topdressing and deep tine aerating the greens. Unfortunately with the wet weather we might not get the sand broomed on the greens. If this is the case we will wait until tomorrow to complete this process.
For the fairways we are solid tine aerating so there are no cores being pulled. This cultural practice works basically in any weather condition. Although this process is less disruptive for the golfers we will try to complete this task as quickly as we can.
Areas on fairway edges where poa annua is the dominant species we are core aerating these areas. The cores are being removed and then we will over-seed these areas with creeping bentgrass and heavily topdress with sand. These areas will also be roped off to keep our staff as well as golfers from driving in these locations.
For many many years, every year we aerate the 18th fairway there is a section that runs across the fairway that we can't aerate due to an old irrigation pipe that is buried in the fairway. We finally decided to dig the pipe out of the fairway. Once this 4" galvanized pipe is removed, Rick will begin installing drainage into this location on the fairway. If all goes well Rick should have this project completed by either today or at the latest, tomorrow morning.
Due to the cool wet weather we have been experiencing, but fairway bunker faces have become quite thick. Since the course is closed today we are using this opportunity to trim the bunker faces down. Once the fescue is cut down another crew rakes the debris and cleans the bunker area. This task will take the crew the majority of the day to complete.