Bella Vista POA’s golf maintenance crews will begin drill and fill aeration in March on the Highlands and Bella Vista Country Club Courses to improve the green surfaces.
The drill and fill machine enables crews to drill a 10-inch deep hole and simultaneously back fill it with sand. The advantages are that in time the green will begin to develop the capability to move water through the profile and help increase oxygen in the root zone eventually creating healthier green surfaces. The process will take several days to complete an 18-hole course so it will be necessary to close the course that is being worked on in order 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 that reason, the schedules are several weeks prior to the conventional aeration on the other courses which are scheduled to begin at Kingswood the 10th 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 aeration is:
- March 6– 13 at Highlands Golf Course.
- March 13 – 19 at Bella Vista Country Club Course
The schedule for conventional green aeration is:
- April 10 & 11 – Kingswood Golf Course
- April 11 & 12 – Berksdale Golf Course
- April 12 & 13 – Dogwood Golf Course