It's that time of year again! Time to loosen up the soil and encourage new growth on our short turf. This week, the grounds staff is using our shatter tine machine on fairways. This machine does a great job improving drainage, oxygen content and loosening up the soil. The tines are solid and do not remove any soil, but are curved and so they "shatter" the soil as they go in and come back out. Once the fairway has been sliced, the fairway mower and tractor blower do a great job cleaning them up. Below is a video showing the debris that is removed from the process. After the process is done, the slit left behind is very minimal with almost no disruption to the surface. The soil should continue to warm up quickly due the the increase in warm air in the tine holes. This will encourage a quicker green up of the Bermuda. Next week, the grounds staff will repeat the process on the tee boxes.