Ed also took the time to explain the thought process behind Aeration Week. In the past we always aerated greens in the spring (March) and fall (September), with a third, small-tine aeration in early June to bridge the gap between the two major operations. Last year with the U.S. Mid-Am taking place the third week of September we were not able to aerate that time of year resulting in us moving the September aeration into the early June calendar slot. Subsequently we did not aerate greens again until March of this year (9 months).
The feedback last fall was overwhelmingly positive and thus the decision was made to continue with that model going forward. What is different this year is the fairway aeration that normally takes place after Father's Day is being moved up to coincide with the greens aeration. The thought behind overlapping the cultural practices is to minimize the course disruption to the membership. In other words everything heals at the same time versus one area recovers before another is disrupted. We'll give it a go next week and we welcome your feedback.
So exactly what can you expect when the course reopens for play on Saturday, June 8th? All greens will have been solid tine aerated and topdressed, tees will have been core aerated and topdressed, approaches and fairways will have been vertical mowed, solid tine aerated and topdressed. We will also be aerating and topdressing the Range Tees, Short Game Area and Target Greens. With the practice areas scheduled to reopen mid-week we will be targeting those areas Monday and Tuesday along with the putting greens.
.@MCClaunch making test runs with the @1stproducts VC-60 as we prepare for next week’s course closure. How’s that rooster 🐓 tail @KCooper21? #MaintenanceTuesday pic.twitter.com/l23mZMJ56m— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) May 28, 2019
This also means if you like videos of topdressers slinging sand or slow motion videos of aerators in action then you're in luck. We will also get all our fans reinstalled and ready the golf course for the upcoming summer activity. I know, it already feels like summer and with two tournaments (Member-Guest and Member-Member) now in the books, the golf course is ready for a trip to the spa. ;)
In other news, Mr. Oden's email also addressed how we've been operating below full staff. Only three of our normal six seasonal interns have arrived and with some attrition we experienced this winter it's been challenging the past two months locating and recruiting new staff. I am happy to report we've had some recent success and you have probably noticed a few unfamiliar faces on the team.The past week climate perspectives for #Charlotte via @SERCC . Warmest such period on record, closer to July averages and most similar city Las Vegas. #cltwx pic.twitter.com/K0DSCMaCHl— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) May 29, 2019
|L-R Anthony, Trent, Colton and Jacob|
And I want to express my heartfelt thanks to member Graham Stevens. It's small acts such as below and kind words of encouragement that make our efforts each day worthwhile. Please know we're working hard each and every day to make the course better than the day before.
@CGC1929 conditions were spectacular today. I wish my game had been up to the same standard. Great work @CGCGreenkeeper @EricSos @MCClaunch and the rest of your amazing team. Have fun poking millions of holes in the course tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/wt4lC1lEdK— Graham Stevens (@SGrahamStevens) May 27, 2019
See you on the course,
Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG