Thursday, September 10, 2020

2020 Fall Aeration Update

Granite Bay GCM started our fall aeration procedures directly after the Labor Day Holiday as planned. We completed 1-18 regulation putting surfaces as well as the upper putting green and will have rough completed through  hole #11 by the end of the day on Thursday 9/10/20.


Sunrise aided by smoke over the GBGC GCM yard 9/9/20

We aerated greens first so they can recover ASAP which is a solid tradition. We opted to start the rough next by core aerating followed by seeding and topdressing with compost which will keep the seedbed moist which is necessary for  seed germination. We will complete this process in the rough next week on holes 13-18. We opted to do the rough before any work on fairways because the rough took more summer losses then the fairways this year and needed more help.


Freshly aerated and topdressed putting surface

This coming Monday 9/14/20 we will verticle mow, seed and lightly topdress the greens, 6 days after we core aerated them. We will mow them for the first time after aeration on Tuesday or Wednesday 8 or 9 days out from aeration. Good recovery weather is forecasted  so we should see aeration holes covered in 10 to 14 days  and back to putting quality 21 to 28 days  out from aeration. Along with the finishing touches on the greens this coming Monday we plan to over seed the tees. More to come on that process. After the tees on Monday we plan to finish the rough on the back 9 on Tuesday 9/15/20 and therefore will have the back nine closed until 1:00 PM.

We will still be seeding and topdressing throughout the rest of next week but shouldn't require any more closures. We will all have to play golf and work around each other for the next week and you will have to keep the carts on the path so we dont jeopardize seed germination, but by the later part of the month the course will be on the road to recovery once again from ravages of yet another Sacramento summer.



Core aerifying rough





Dragging & braking up cores





Seeding Rough





Spreading compost over seed in bare areas


Sweeping up aeration core remnants