Chris captured this picture of the 6th hole as we prepared the golf course for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England yesterday.
It has been 9 days since greens aeration and things are healing very well. Much needed rain has aided in the holes closing. The greens are still very soft due to the rains and the fertilizer after aeration is in full force. Green speeds will slowly increase as the surfaces dry down and we are able to lower the heights of cut. Please remember to fix your ball marks. Today the greens were mowed at .115″ and were rolled. Tomorrow they will be lowered to .100″. On Monday the greens will received a light topdressing. This will help dramatically with the greens smoothness and increased green speeds.
Here is a photo of the first green nine days after aeration.
42 days after seeding we are starting to resemble what will be a putting green and short game area. Last week we lowered the height of cut down to .300″ in the greens and are hoping to drop the height to .200 late next week. The green was rolled smooth this week and a heavy topdressing was applied to help smooth things out. A half pound of fertilizer was applied yesterday to promote additional growth. Within the next few weeks we will be applying growth regulator to encourage lateral growth and density. Again, we are hoping to do a soft opening in October.
Please be advised we will be aerating the main course tees tomorrow.
Due to the heavy rains last night there will be cart restrictions today. Please see the pro shop for details. There is a heat advisory for today also! Be smart.