The POA’s golf maintenance crews will begin drill and fill aeration in March on the Dogwood and Kingswood Courses.
The machine enables crews to drill a 10-inch deep hole and simultaneously backfill with sand. The advantage to this process is that, with time, the green will begin to develop the capability to move water through the profile. The process will help increase oxygen in the root zone and eventually create healthier green surfaces.
“This is only part of our management plan, along with continued use of conventional aeration, to improve the green surfaces on these two golf courses,” Golf Maintenance Manager Keith Ihms, CGCS said.
“The drill and fill machine is very slow and will take a number of days to complete an 18-hole course,” Ihms said. “We will close the course that we are working on to complete the task in an efficient and timely manner.”
The greens will be playable after the drill and fill process; however, as with any type of aeration, it will take time to fully recover. For this reason, we have scheduled the drill and fill project several weeks prior to our convention aeration on the other courses, scheduled to begin at Berksdale the 17th of April. This will ensure a minimum of 3 courses available for play that are not impacted by either aeration program.
The schedule for Drill and Fill is:
- March 5th – 11th – Dogwood Golf Course
- March 19th – 25th – Kingswood Golf Course
The schedule for conventional green aeration is:
- April 17th & 18th – Berksdale Golf Course
- April 23rd & 24th – Bella Vista Country Club Golf Course
- April 24th & 25th – Highlands Golf Course