We started our second heavy sand topdressing of our new Santa Anna Hybrid Bermuda fairways following a solid tine aeration this week as scheduled. We aerated and topdressed hole #'s 1 & 2 as well as #'s 17 & 18 yesterday. Spreading the topdressing sand is a time consuming process as we can move and spread only 4 yards at a time from three locations where we have stockpiled sand.
We topdressed only three holes yesterday but will topdress another four today. We have the front nine tomorrow to continue and because of the specific holes proximity to sand, we are shooting to get another 4 completed, almost finishing the front nine with #7 & #6 left. We will complete these along with back nine par 3's on Monday 8/29/22 when we are closed. That will complete the FW aeration and topdressing process for 2022
Thursday 8/24/22 we will have to topdress the back nine hole's of #15 & #16 and the entire course is scheduled to be open. Playing off of the topdressing is one thing, but we need to drag the topdressing in on these holes after it has dried. We will start this dragging process around 10:30 AM and it will be a dusty mess, as evidenced by some of the below pictures. We don't want to expose our members too this dust, so when we start this dragging and blowing process at 10:30 AM we are going to ask members to skip these hole's after playing #14 and head straight to #17.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Above depicts how dusty it gets when we drag the topdressing in. It has to be dry to get it to move so Thursday 8/24/22 between approximately 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM we are going to post the above sign on #15 tee
Conditions are never perfect when we are executing any of these necessary cultural practices, but the only other option then F9 & B9 alternating closures would be to close the golf course for 5 days to complete the process. Below are as promised, some pictures of the process that is currently underway.
Aeration pattern directly after aerifying.
Another cool shot of Enrique topdressing #12 fairway with lake in the foreground and bunker in the background.
Closer look at the dragging process