Golf Course Maintenance
The scheduled deep drill Aerification for Monday will go on as planned with a slight revision in timing. Southeast Turf Maintenance will be getting in early Sunday evening and I would like to get an early start on a few greens since the time change will give us more daylight. Therefore, the last available tee time to go off of number 1 will be at 3:00 PM.
The deep drill process is a very swift and easy process, but my original plan was to core aerify directly behind the drill machines. I am not 100% sure that this will happen. Without being certain that I will have water up and going on the course, I cannot guarantee that I will core aerify; making this somewhat of a game-time decision. If unable, I will plan my core aerification for some time in the two weeks following the deep drill.
Scenario 1: Deep Drill Only. If the deep drill is the only process that our greens see, the course will be back in play by Tuesday and the holes should be almost invisible. The greens should roll just fine. I will send an update with further plans for core aerification.
Scenario 2: Deep Drill + Core Aerification. If I am able to aerify behind the drill machines, we hope to have 9 holes open on Tuesday morning while working on the other 9. The impact will be much more noticeable than the deep drill alone. This usually takes approximately 3 weeks to recover with the right weather and amendments.
As we all know, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and all of this is weather permitting and could be ever-changing from a timing perspective. Our golf course must go through this process to have the best chance at being strong for the summer months. The removal of old and introduction of new materials is one of the most important stages of preparing our greens for the growing season. The crew and I thank you for your patience and ongoing support.
Justin Browning, GCS