A reminder that the greens have all been plugged and are in the process of being sanded. Your patience as they heal is appreciated.
Preventative maintenance is an integral part of successful golf course management. Aerification (also known as aeration) achieves three important objectives. It relieves soil compaction, it provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a green’s roots and it reduces or prevents the accumulation of excess thatch.
Older greens often are constructed of soils with significant amounts of silt, clay and fine organic particles that are prone to compaction. (Most of our greens date from from the late 1920s with some rebuilt in the 1930s) Filling aerification holes with sand mproves drainage and resists compaction. The periodic introduction of sand to a green’s top layer can, over time, avoid or postpone expensive rebuilding or renovation of greens.