This week, the grounds staff performed our annual core aeration on tee boxes. Each summer, when the tees are aggressively growing, they are core aerated to keep them as healthy as possible for the rest of the season.
As has been stated before, core aeration improves oxygen content, drainage capabilities, and rooting. As you can see from the picture below, pulling the cores out of the ground makes a mess. Once the cores are pulled out of the ground, they are left to dry and then drug with a steel mat. This mat breaks apart the plugs and reincorporates the soil into the holes. The thatch and grass is left at the surface which is then blown off. The finished product is clean and ready for a mower.