Summer 2022 Aerification Dates & Specials – Maintenance ALERT

Aerification Announcement
July 2022

We will be performing our second round of aerification for 2022 in July. Outlined below is the schedule for aerification, course closures, and information on WHY we perform aerification.

Schedule & Closures:

Week 1

Tuesday, July 5th: Aerification of The Legends Front 9 (all play will be BACK 9 ONLY)
Wednesday, July 6th: Aerification of The Legends Back 9 (all play will be FRONT 9 ONLY)
Thursday, July 7th: Aerification of Legends Walk (course will be closed ALL DAY)

Week 2

Monday, July 11th: Aerification of The Reserve Front 9 (all play will be BACK 9 ONLY)
Tuesday, July 12th: Aerification of The Reserve Back 9 (all play will be FRONT 9 ONLY)
Wednesday, July 13th: Aerification of Cranes Bend (course will be closed ALL DAY)

Overview of Aerification Process: Why do we do it?

We’ve all been there. You wake up, ready for a great day of golf, only to arrive at the course to see that they have recently punched their greens. It’s one of the worst realizations in golf, and yet, we’ve all experienced it. Why do golf courses do this to their greens, and other areas of the golf course? While it may cause disruption and inconvenience to your game, there are many long-term benefits that are side effects to the aerification process.

1.    We aerate to improve the putting surfaces, not annoy our customers. Putting greens receive more traffic than any other playing surface. The aerification process helps relieve the compaction caused by all that traffic by “punching” holes into the greens to allow for air and water to get into the soil beneath the surface. It also helps create a firm, smooth putting surface by controlling thatch and promoting healthy turf roots.

2.    Scratch the Thatch. Thatch is a layer of old plant material that accumulates at the soil surface level. If thatch on putting greens is not diluted by aerification and topdressing, it will act like a sponge, holding water near the surface. Excessive thatch creates soft playing conditions, inconsistent green speeds and increases the risk for disease to set in. 

3.    Timing is everything. Performing aerification when the grass is healthy and actively growing is a must. This greatly minimizes the risk for damage and allows for a quick return to optimal playing conditions. If you’ve ever wondered “Why did they just aerate the greens, they were in great shape?”, this is exactly why.

4.    It’s not as bad as it seems. Typically, it may appear that there are more holes on the putting surface than grass right after aerification, however, this is an illusion. In most cases, aeration holes affect less than 10% of the putting surface.

5.    Sand is part of the plan. A heavy application of topdressing following aerification may appear to make the putting surfaces less playable. However, filling aerification holes with sand actually improves the greens by creating a smoother surface. Sand also creates channels for water and air movement, dilutes thatch and helps putting greens recover from aerification quicker.

During the time immediately following aerification, we will be offering discounted pricing on all golf courses. 

Please call the golf shop with any questions, 407-239-1050.

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