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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. ( http://www.aer-core.com/ ). 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.
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
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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