Over the years, I have learned that using the word ‘vet’ around my dog Dutchie is a situation not be taken lightly. Although these visits are important for his long-term health and well being, it doesn’t make the trip any more comfortable for him in the short-term. I often find that discussions about aerification on the golf course are similar in nature; no one wants it to happen, and it is painful to most golfers, but I cannot stress enough the importance of these practices for the turf.
On Monday, September 27, we will begin fairway aerification, weather conditions permitting. We will be using solid tines to aerify the fairways; this will be a cleaner and less labour-intensive process this season with reduced staff numbers. We expect to complete the aerification process in one day on the fairways this year with favourable weather conditions.
Following the aerification we will be topdressing the fairways with sand. Topdressing is an important component in a healthy turfgrass stand to dilute thatch and increase the firmness of the fairways. After the sand is applied to the surface, we wait until it dries and then use mats to drag it into the profile of the turf. We will be completing this process the week of September 27 to October 1.
Incorporating oxygen into the profile and relieving compaction in the soil are important components in the ongoing maintenance of the golf course. The next three weeks will be a key stretch for these practices, with greens completed from October 5 to 8 and tees the week of October 12. There will be further communication next week regarding the process and timing for the greens.
Left of the 12th Hole Work
Next to the 12th hole, there is a right of way for the hydro lines. There is also a gas and water main running through the property. Over the next few weeks, work will be taking place close to the river as the region inspects the water main and determines if any repairs are required. This will have no impact on the golf course.
If you have any questions about this topic or anything else on the course, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience.
Course and Property Manager