Yes, the putting surfaces were core aerated this week, but the secret to great bentgrass putting greens in the humid southeast is core aeration! For you new members or those not familiar with The Greenkeeper you can CLICK HERE to discover more about why core aeration is important. If that doesn't satisfy you, CLICK HERE to read even more.
I would be remiss if I didn't give praise to my staff for their effort this week! Core aeration is a laborious task by itself, throw in three days of clouds, rain, mist, fog, and even freezing drizzle and you can see where things got a little challenging. It was so dreary this week we may have suffered from vitamin D deficiency!
|First Green of the Day!|
You may notice in the first two images the aerator operators are bundled up just as much on the last green as they are on their first one. Monday was a cold, damp day! Day 2 saw us band together to begin the clean-up process since the weather wasn't very cooperative on Day 1.
|Spread it on Thick!|
|Sweep it in!|
This past Monday was St. Patrick's Day but it was also the birthday of Bobby Jones. When I was growing up watching golf I thought Jack Nicklaus was the greatest golfer to ever play the game. I have spent the majority of my career in the golf course maintenance industry in the Tiger Woods era, and some may argue his abilities and accomplishments. When I read Mark Frost's book, "The Grand Slam" a few years ago I became convinced Bobby Jones is the greatest golfer to have ever played the game. Last time I commented about our bunker project and how we were compacting the sand to prevent plugged lies. One of your fellow members sent me an email with a link to an awesome video. CLICK HERE to enjoy a look back at a different time in our country's history and receive a lesson in proper bunker play...pay close attention around the 6:00 minute mark!
Real quick I want to mention a new addition to The Greenkeeper. If you look to your right at the top of the page you should notice a box containing my Twitter feed. This is called a gadget or widget in computer lexicon. I recently saw this feature on Adam Garr's blog page and thought it would be nice to incorporate this feature here for those of you not on Twitter, but would like to gain access to the course information I post. Adam is the golf course superintendent of Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, Michigan outside Detroit. If you think we have had a bad winter you should check out Adam's blog at PHCCGREENS.BLOGSPOT.COM.
That's all for now. I hope you get out and enjoy the nice weather today and tomorrow before things turn off cold again. This coming Monday and Tuesday I will be in Pinehurst representing Carolina Golf Club at the USGA Green Section's SE Regional Meeting. Check the Twitter feed for updates.
See you on the course,
Golf Course Superintendent