Deep Tine Aerification of Tees: Our tee boxes are notorious for firming up during the hot summer months, so firm that it is difficult to get a tee in the ground. This is due to the native clay soil they are constructed from with little to no sand base or incorporation of sand to help them stay soft and user friendly. We have tried over the years to use our greens aerifier to cultivate the tee surfaces, removing cores and trying to work sand into the holes to help this issue. The success has been very limited because our greens aerifier is designed for the soft features of the greens and not the hard clay base of the tee complexes. So in order to remedy this issue we purchased a used Wiedenmann Terra Spike XP deep tine aerifier. With this powerful machine we are able to use tines that penetrate deep into the soil surface to aerate the soil. This time around we are using 3/4" solid tines that are 11 inches long on a 4" x 4" spacing allowing 8 inches of this tine will penetrate the surface.
Flatpaths, a company we contracted to grind back down areas of the cart paths where tree roots have buckled them up. Jim did a great job and we hope to have him back out to finish the course the next time he is in the area. This process was very quick, with limited debris, and was much, much more economical and less disruptive to the course compared to removing or resurfacing the cart paths throughout the course.
Native Grass Area Renovation: We are very proud of our native grass areas on our course as they provide movement corridors and nesting/brooding habitats for the residents, help eliminate runoff contamination from the short turfgrass before reaching the waterways, and gives defined definition to the golf holes. As with most things in life there comes a time when some renovation has to occur and for our native grass areas that time is now. We usually only have to do this process every 3-4 years and it is a good thing because with close to 100 acres of low maintenance areas it takes quite some time.
We hope you have had a great year so far and we look forward to seeing you on the course.