Yesterday, we finally had some decent working weather. We made a lot of progress on greens aeration. The front 9 has been completed and the back 9 is well underway. We plan to have to entire process completed today!
Mother nature has struck again! Yesterday afternoon we closed the front 9 holes around 3 pm in an effort to get a jump start on the aeration process. We were able to aerate greens 1-6. The plugs are currently laying on the greens surfaces. With rain falling today we do not have any plans to work on the cleanup of these greens or to start any additional plugging. We feel that already going into the aeration process with soft playing surfaces we are unable to push the cleanup of these greens in fear of creating even the lightest of rutting on the greens tops with heavy equipment. The following are the steps for this springs greens aeration: 1) Pull cups, fill holes with sand to prevent cave-ins, mark all invasive irrigation outlets as to not be damaged by the aeration process. 2) Aerate the green 3) Clean up all plugs using blowers, rakes and scoop shovels 4) Topdress with sand 5) Brush sand thoroughly 6) Remove all excess canopy sand with the power broom 7) Roll the green 8) Change the cup 9) Water the green As you can easily see, this is a time consuming process that has to be repeated for every green. This is why these poor weather conditions can be detrimental to our plans as almost every step is dependent on somewhat of a drying process. Taking all variables into account we still are not able to predict an exact time frame for the opening of the front 9, the start of this process on the back 9 or the completion of the entire process. We do plan to keep 9 holes open to our members at all times this week and will continue to work hard on constant evaluation and moving forward to return your entire course to you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
The Stillmeadow Turf and Maintenance team has been working on a variety of projects that include: -Aeration of the practice green -Construction of new stone walkways in landscape beds -First mow of all bentgrass tees and fairways -The re-introduction of course supplies (benches, ball washers, tee markers, flagsticks, etc.) -The addition of a new practice tool for members (the little cup) -Drainage work -Tree Work -Underbrush clearing in native areas
With better weather on the way, you should come out to see the progress that has been made even when it is too cold or too wet for golf!