The place to get a behind-the-scenes look at grounds maintenance at Bailey Ranch Golf Club
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Kyle pulling cores on #10 tee
Those of you who've been out on the course the last few days have noticed the grounds staff pulling cores on tee boxes this week. You may be wondering why we are messing up the tee boxes when they look so nice. Core aerating any turf when it's at the highest growth potential will minimize recovery time, and mid-summer is the ideal time for aerating Bermudagrass. As you can see from the picture to the right, the first step is pulling a core with our tractor mounted aerator. Once the cores have all bee pulled, the tee is drug with a steel mat to break up the plugs. The soil from the plugs is re-incorporated back into the holes, while the thatch is left at the surface to be blown off into the rough. Once the tee is cleaned off, the tee is mown again to finish off the process.
Pulled cores on #4 tee
Over the years, I've spoke of the benefits to aerating turf many times, but it's importance can never be understated. Aeration is critical to the overall health and sustainability of any turf by providing key benefits such as: promoting deeper roots, increasing soil oxygen content, removing thatch, reducing soil compaction, and improving soil drainage.
Staff cleaning up cores on #6 tee
It should go without saying that there is a lot of hard work involved with this process, and although we would love to accomplish this project without impacting play, we realize that is not feasible. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this process. As always, if you have any questions, or concerns, regarding this project, please let me know.