I wait as long as I can before the greens are aerated at Glen Echo CC. Fall putting conditions are usually the best of the year so I try to give you as many days as possible to enjoy but your time is running out. One of the surprising aspects of greens aeration in it current form is that the disruption to the playing surfaces is not nearly as severe as it was years ago. The equipment is so much better and our techniques have been refined to the point that disruption occurs for shorter periods of time and the playing surface is pretty good to play from considering what the greens will have been put through. I think our healing will be very quick since the greens came out of summer in excellent condition.
We will be doing our yearly Verti-drain deep-tine greens aeration beginning on Monday, October 28th weather permitting. It takes us about 3 days to complete this project with a majority of the work occurring on that Monday. We usually have about 4-5 greens left to complete on Tuesday and Wednesday. We make every effort not to interfere with play but if you come out early on those two days, you might run into the end of our operation. We will be using 1/2" tines and will go approximately 9-10" deep. We will be filling the holes with about 30-40 tons of sand. I expect the greens to be in good shape through that next week. It takes about 10 days or so for them to be back into what I would consider normal shape for this time of year. We appreciate your patience during this most important cultural practice for our greens.