Nope, it's only mid August. Then why, you might ask, are we aerifying the golf course?
The answer would be because when we wait until mid September, we are unable to complete all of our aerification because of the busy golf schedule and the seemingly self sustaining rains, we cannot get it all completed. It has been at least 5 years since we were able to complete every green, tee, and fairway on all 36 holes. This is a trend that cannot continue if we want to keep Chautauqua Golf Club outperforming our local competitors. The turf needs relief from compaction and the buildup of thatch to allow air and water into the soil profile, keeping a good root system and healthy turf plants longer into the summer stress months.
The plan this year is to get the tees done this week (Lake Course tees are already done), and chip away at the fairways between now and the first week of September. During this time we will be closing the course we are aerifying to not only ensure that we can be as efficient as possible, but to keep our staff safe from, not-so-errant golf balls.
Greens will be done 2 weeks later with the Lake Course closed on September 17th through the 19th and the Hill Course closed September 24th through the 26th. And, as usual, Mother Nature may decide to change these dates so it is best to be in contact with the Pro Shop if you are looking to play on these dates.
Important dates: (subject to change in weather)
August 16 - Hill Course Closed, tee aerification.
August 22 - Lake Course, Back 9 Closed, fairway aerification
August 23 - Lake Course, Back 9 Closed, fairway aerification
August 24 - Hill Course, Back 9 Closed, fairway aerification
August 28 - Hill Course, Front 9 Closed, fairway aerification
August 30 - Lake Course, Front 9 Closed, fairway aerification
August 31 - Hill Course, Front 9 Closed, fairway aerification
September 5 - Lake Course, Front 9 Closed, fairway aerification
September 6 - Hill Course, Back 9 Closed, fairway aerification
September 17-19 - Lake Course Closed, greens aerification
September 24-26 - Lake Course Closed, greens aerification
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