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Submitted by: Mark Hendrixson,
Golf Course Superintendent
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It has been one week since Aer-core completed the deep aeration and seeding of the front nine greens at Edgmont. ( For more information and to watch a video of the work done by Aero Core visit this page The A-1, A-4 bent grass has started to germinate; therefore, the recovery has begun. Greens #3, #12 and the putting green are closed for several weeks. There are temporary greens in place until they recover which is expect by Labor Day weekend. The rest of the greens are open. We apologize for any inconvenience this has causes.

Due to the large amount of sand topdressing and the new seed coming up, we have raised the cut height of the greens to 3/16" from 1/8" and can only cut them when they are completely dry a few days a week. As the grass plants mature and the sand moves in to the sub surface profile, we will lower the height back to 1/8" and resume cutting them every day in the morning.
Thank you for your patience as we all look forward to a great September, October and November at Edgmont CC.

See an overview of the whole aeration process at Edgmont Country Club

Course Conditions Update Submitted by: Mark Hendrixson, Golf Course Superintendent July 25, 2013

On July 31 and August 1, the Club will begin addressing drainage issues on the greens by contracting with a company that specializes in deep aeration. The name of the company is Aer-core, Inc. ( ). The course will be open during the aeration process and the greens will be playable shortly after the process is completed.

The six (6) greens most affected by poor drainage, due to the recent 5 weeks of near continuous heavy rains and high heat and humidity, are #1, #2, #3, #7, #12 and the putting green. These greens will be “super” aerated with a state of the art Drill & Fill machine. This aeration consists of a ¾” diameter drill bit being inserted into the ground 12” (3 x normal), and replacing the soil with sand. These greens will also receive a deep, solid tine vibration aeration of 8” (2 x normal) along with a conventional 4” x 5/8” aeration (on a 2” centers closer than normal) to remove even more soil.

In the aeration process soil from the holes will be removed, and the greens will be top dressed with sand which is brushed into the holes. The end result will be a sand/ soil profile at 3 levels (4”, 8”, 12”) getting more air and water deeper to the root structure of the plant and improving the over all drainage of the green.

After the greens are clean, they will then be pro-seeded with a type of bent grass known as A-1. The significant investment in this agronomic practice will help create an environment for drier and firmer greens improving the overall condition and health of the greens.

The other thirteen (13) greens will also get an above normal aeration with the solid, deep tine vibration aeration of 8” along with conventional 4” x 5/8” aeration on a 2” center. These greens will also be pro-seeded.

You may notice some scalped areas were the grass was cut to the same height as the putting surface. As part of this reconditioning of the greens all of the greens will be returned size they were in 2004 when the irrigation system was updated. Doing all of this work (the aeration and the scalping) now will allow us to take advantage of the late summer growing window for grass minimizing recovery time.

The goal of the Edgmont Greens Department is to address the most important part of the golf course, the greens. We are attempting to make these putting surfaces firmer and healthier to handle the unpredictable rainfall and humidity. Each year, we know what June, July, and August brings us in terms of hot and humid weather. This is our plan of action to be proactive and win this battle. For those interested here is additional information on aeration of greens on the website of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Aer-core, Inc. are specialists at deep aeration of greens. I have used them at the golf courses I previously worked for and other area public and private clubs have used them. Aer-core helped Aronimink prepare for the ATT and Merion prepare for the Open. Visit this page and look under “Drill and Fill” and you can view a short video of what will be done to the greens at Edgmont CC.

The course will be open during the aeration process and the greens will be playable shortly after the process is completed. Please feel free to come out to see this unique aeration operation.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we invest to make the Edgmont CC golf experience better for you, your family and your guests.

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