The golf course over the past four day weekend has done close to 800 rounds if you include Friday and has performed very well in relation to traffic areas. Greens were a consistent speed and the weather was a bit hot at times but manageable. This past week the golf course has been receiving a lot of rain lately and as I am typing this we just got another 3/4 of an inch. With that being said we vented the greens yesterday as well as lightly top dressed and rolled. Venting is my favorite word and for that matter every one's favorite word for it just sounds so nice to say. But what is venting? The most important thing that venting allows us to do in season is to break open the surface and allow air and gas exchange with compaction relief. Oxygen levels in the soil can be depleted very quickly when you have areas of high compaction from foot traffic, i.e. golf greens. The hole is very small in size(smaller than a pencil), goes to a depth of about 4 inches and just about disappears right after we roll it. If you poke around the surface of the green the hole is still there exchanging gas for oxygen for the next few weeks. This process is typically done every 3-4 weeks or on an as needed basis.
|Green has been rolled|