Course conditions report – May 9, 2017
The greens are in the most amazing condition at the start of the 2017 season. The following outlines the upcoming aeration schedule. We have coordinated greens and fairways at the same time to minimize disruption of play.
Aeration of Greens and Fairways
Monday, May 15
- 7:34 a.m. start on the front 9. 18 Hole play until 4 p.m. Aerating contractor will follow the last group and continue until dark.
Tuesday, May 16
- 10:07AM Day Ladies league play until 1:14PM Front 9 start
- 1:22PM -2:56PM 18 hole play public front 9 start
- 3:04PM-5:54PM Business Ladies league play Front 9 start
Wednesday, May 17
- 8:59AM- 11:57AM 18 hole play public Back 9 Start
- 12:06PM-6:28PM Men’s Night league play Back 9 start
Why Do Golf Courses Aerate Greens?
Aeration is required for optimal playing conditions over a prolonged period. It is performed when weather and course conditions are favourable as weather plays a huge role in turf recovery. Thus, performing aeration when the weather favours turf growth leads to quicker recovery.
Maintaining and improving the rate in which water moves into soil and relieving compaction are important reasons to aerate. As the term aeration implies, the practice also increases the pore space available for oxygen to penetrate the soil which is critical for root growth. Improvement in oxygen levels and water penetration are also achieved through the removal of organic matter which is what we call thatch. Thatch holds water in the upper profile leading to greens which are more prone to disease, resist lower mowing heights and can be soft and bumpy.
We realize aeration is never popular but the benefits far outweigh the potential problems if nothing is done. We also understand that playability is a concern. There is no denying that surface disruption occurs during aeration and that the greens will play differently following aeration and during the recovery period. Do not lose sight of the long-term goal because of short-term inconvenience.
Source: Darin S. Bevard, senior agronomist, USGA Green Section Elliot Dowling, USGA Green Section
Tree Management Program
This program is designed to protect our trees while also addressing the unique needs of the golfer, the adjacent residences and the turfgrass-growing environment. The objective is healthier trees, healthier turf and increased golfer satisfaction, while respecting neighbouring homeowners and established Strathcona County directives. This program clearly outlines specific tree inspection, evaluation and management procedures for the trees on the golf course.