Jump to content
IGNORED

Aerification Schedules?


Bucki1968
 Share

Recommended Posts

Not sure where to post this but....my club is 27 holes. They start the aerification next week. They close one of the 9 hole courses for two weeks and then rotate. The thing that I have not always understood is that they do this three times, so one of our 9's are closed from just short of 4 months. I have not heard of any other courses doing so many aerifications. Usually most courses do it twice a year or maybe three times? I'm just curious if anyone else's golf club does this sort of thing? I'm actually thinking about leaving because I feel like I'm paying full price for 66.6 % of the club. It just seems like 4 months is a exorbitant  amount of time. Trying to decide if I'm being unreasonable. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Not sure why they would close the course after aerating for two weeks?
Most courses allow play the next days...
Not sure on schedules in the south punching greens 3 times per season?
Is this common to southern courses with bent greens only?
Or is it common for Bermuda green also?

1 hour ago, Bucki1968 said:

so one of our 9's are closed from just short of 4 months

Also, not really sure what your gripe is?
The course has 18 holes for play year round!

Also, it's not uncommon for courses in the south to close when they over-seed their fairways.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I've never heard of a course that shuts down for 2 weeks to aerate. As far as I know, courses around here let you play on the aerated courses the day after aeration. My home course has 27 holes, and they aerate the same week and keep them open after aeration.

It seems strange to me. Since you're at a private club, maybe you could can ask the pro or greens staff why they do it this way? Maybe there's some advantage that you don't see or know about.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Two weeks to aerate? Seems like an exorbitant amount of time. My course has 27 holes, and closes down each 9 for one day to aerate the fairways and top dress the greens twice a year. So each 9 is closes 2 days a year.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Just now, Club Rat said:

Not sure why they would close the course after aerating for two weeks?
Most courses allow play the next days...
Not sure on schedules in the south punching greens 3 times per season?
Is this common to southern courses with bent greens only?
Or is it common for Bermuda green also?

Also, not really sure what your gripe is?
The course has 18 holes for play year round!

Also, it's not uncommon for courses in the south to close when they over-seed their fairways.

My gripe is I think closing 9 holes for two weeks and then rotating 3 times is absolutely over doing it. With outings and leagues Tuesday- Thursday afternoons it really limits the available holes for me to go after work.  Like I said, I'm losing a big piece of what I pay for, for a third of the year.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

We’re fortunate to have 2 courses.  

The first was done 3 weeks ago, on Monday and Tuesday.  Play resumed on Thursday, though most members opted to play the other course for the first week after.  

This week, today and tomorrow, the other course is being blown up with play starting again on Thursday, but roles have reversed and most will play the first course for the next week or so.

We’re pretty much back to normal in 5 weeks, start to finish for both courses, but no course is completely shut down for more than 2 days...

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

(edited)
1 hour ago, Bucki1968 said:

My gripe is I think closing 9 holes for two weeks and then rotating 3 times is absolutely over doing it. With outings and leagues Tuesday- Thursday afternoons it really limits the available holes for me to go after work.  Like I said, I'm losing a big piece of what I pay for, for a third of the year.

 

@Bucki1968 How busy is your course? If this schedule greatly impacted my access to golf I would be irritated as well. 

Edited by NM Golf
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Our course, is closed today and tomorrow for aeration and opens back up Wednesday. They do the same thing in the Fall right after Labor Day. Aerating and then letting the course to heal for 2 weeks, sounds excessive, but maybe there is something to letting the course heal for a longer period of time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Just now, NM Golf said:

 

@Bucki1968 How busy is your course? If this schedule greatly impacted my access to golf I would be irritated as well. 

It's gotten much busier since the COVID flu. That's what I'm not real pleased with. There are some other courses in the area that we are going to look at (Club Corp) this week-end. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

45 minutes ago, David in FL said:

We’re fortunate to have 2 courses.  

That's one of the biggest things I miss about my old place. We had three courses if you count the executive course. 

They'd punch em nine holes per week, so there were always options.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Our course is closed today for aeration, but we're doing the dri-ject aeration, and we'll be open tomorrow.

The greens will be sandy but otherwise, a couple of days, they'll be back to normal.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

The course I call home aerates only 1/2 the green at a time, lets it heal, then aerates the other half. They always cut the hole on the unaerated side so putting isn't affected that much. If you keep your ball on the unaerated side you are in business. This is not a private course, it is a public course that takes pride in how they keep their greens and how they treat their customers. Their greens are some of the best I have seen for a public course.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

The closed for two weeks thing is unusual. But greens tend to be shitty
(or at least not great) for at least that long. I'd honestly be super pro except that you say pre-COVID it made it harder to get tee times. Maybe see if you can get members aligned around, say, 1 -week closed?

12 minutes ago, Billy Z said:

The course I call home aerates only 1/2 the green at a time, lets it heal, then aerates the other half. They always cut the hole on the unaerated side so putting isn't affected that much. If you keep your ball on the unaerated side you are in business. This is not a private course, it is a public course that takes pride in how they keep their greens and how they treat their customers. Their greens are some of the best I have seen for a public course.

I've never seen this but I LOVE it! Changes course strategy, and makes the course tougher, rather than just making it play shitty for a few weeks!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

23 hours ago, mdl said:

The closed for two weeks thing is unusual. But greens tend to be shitty
(or at least not great) for at least that long. I'd honestly be super pro except that you say pre-COVID it made it harder to get tee times. Maybe see if you can get members aligned around, say, 1 -week closed?

I've never seen this but I LOVE it! Changes course strategy, and makes the course tougher, rather than just making it play shitty for a few weeks!

Yes, I have never seen it at any other course, but they do it to cater to their customers. It is a public course, but has great putting greens for such a venue. If my ball lands in the aerated portion, it doesn't bother me too much because the better part of the putt is in the unaerated portion. Don't know why other courses don't try this. Maybe when the aerate the first half I will take a couple photos to post.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

9 minutes ago, Billy Z said:

Yes, I have never seen it at any other course, but they do it to cater to their customers. It is a public course, but has great putting greens for such a venue. If my ball lands in the aerated portion, it doesn't bother me too much because the better part of the putt is in the unaerated portion. Don't know why other courses don't try this. Maybe when the aerate the first half I will take a couple photos to post.

Interesting.  I have to admit that I’ve never seen that approach before.

I think I’d rather yank the bandaid off quickly though.  Do it all at once and pretty much be back to normal 2-3 weeks, rather than deal with 4-6 weeks of the half measure.  
 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

1 hour ago, David in FL said:

Do it all at once and pretty much be back to normal 2-3 weeks, rather than deal with 4-6 weeks of the half measure.  

I agree, besides a good greenskeeper can top dress greens which allow the ball roll decently.
They will be a bit bouncy on a few greens, a few putts which will bounce or be deflected off line.

Sometimes the deflection is good and the ball goes IN !!!  😁

While I have played on greens with no top dress and the ball bounced every direction imaginable... 
Typically, greens are very playable after a week.

  • Upvote 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Shutdown for aeration? Don't know what that is!

Around here the munis do the aeration over a day or two, while play is ongoing. They provide a temporary "green" (i.e. a circle with a hole in it in the middle) in the middle of the fairway, about 50 yards from the actual green while they are working on it.

Sure the greens may take 5-6 weeks to recover, like any other aerated green, but they won't lose a penny in revenue due to the courses (or half of them) being closed. Most courses don't even have discounts during those aeration days, or in the early days post-aeration.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

On 5/3/2021 at 10:28 AM, Club Rat said:

Not sure why they would close the course after aerating for two weeks?
Most courses allow play the next days...
Not sure on schedules in the south punching greens 3 times per season?
Is this common to southern courses with bent greens only?
Or is it common for Bermuda green also?

Also, not really sure what your gripe is?
The course has 18 holes for play year round!

Also, it's not uncommon for courses in the south to close when they over-seed their fairways.

I have checked almost all the courses in the area and NO ONE aerates this much. Apparently this is how it's been done for years. We have gotten many new members since the pandemic and so the course is not in as good of shape as has been in the past (that's a whole new thread) because we have guys driving carts up next to the greens and all over the place. Maybe this will improve the greens but I didn't see it this year. My real gripe is closing 9 holes for almost 4 months. I'm not really getting what I am paying for. And with closing one of  the 9 hole courses for two weeks at a time, it only leaves 9 holes available in the afternoon to play (because of leagues) so all the members are confided to 9 holes with no option to turn to another 9 when you are done. It just seems like I'm losing (as far as what I'm spending). So, my only alternative is move somewhere else (and actually spend more) to have the course(s) available. I also don't understand having leagues at a private golf club two night a week (non-members) but I digress. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • Support TST Affiliates

    TourStriker PlaneMate
    Golfer's Journal
    FlightScope Mevo
    Use the code "iacas" for 10% off Mevo after clicking this link. For Mevo+, click this link or the image above.
  • Posts

    • It sounds like you’re arguing that some students would have to drop out is a reason to forgive the loan…as if college college is an entitled right…that everyone is entitled to college.  It’s not; it’s like a car: you might need it for a job or career, but you’re not entitled to a car. You can buy one if you can afford it.  With that line of logic, where do you draw the line?  If I can’t afford my house and I would otherwise need to be homeless, then is the bank supposed to forgive my loan?  I’m not entitled to anything I can’t afford. It’s called living within my means and being fiscally responsible.
    • A lot of students, if they didn't take out the loan, would have to drop out of college.  In the STEM areas we need those students in school.  So I'm not terrifically opposed to forgiving loans.  Also, it's a small boost to the economy, allowing those graduates to spend their discretionary income and feed the the consumer economy. I paid off all my student loans... took some time.  Now, I need to call a credit card company or two to see if they'll forgive my loans...
    • I’d agreed with this logic 100%. I paid off my loans. It’s called being responsible for your decisions. Simply enough, I think people should be held responsible and be accountable for the decisions they make. I think our society is becoming increasingly irresponsible or denying personal accountability as people want to make excuses as to why they shouldn’t be held accountable for their own choices.    Ignorance is no excuse. They made the decision. They should seek wise council before taking the loan out. Maybe they could learn from their mistakes instead of bailing everyone out and they learn nothing except that they won’t be held responsible for the decisions they make.   having said all of that, moving forward, I’d agree college unjustifiably expensive and reform would be welcomed
    • There are a good number of students who sign up for students loans on their own. Being at that age, I doubt they understand loan terms, and what it means later on. Colleges obviously push for them to take out loans because it means more money for them.  I doubt majority of HS students know the ins and outs of student loan debt, and how to manage their finances.  I agree.  It's mostly because of administrative expansion so they can keep raising tuition. Basically, colleges are bloated with administrative positions that add no benefit to the students.  That might be for private schools, but public schools can have their tuition capped by the governor. This happened to many State schools in Ohio to combat tuition cost.  I wonder if we have a shortage of colleges? At Ohio State, the required ACT and SAT scores skyrocketed a few years after I got accepted. I think there is just so many more people wanting to go to college, there isn't enough spots.  I do think there needs to be some regulatory reform to help change the price point for colleges. At least for things like room and board. By your example, it is $1333 for rent! Like, that is a good apartment in most places. I lived in a nice apartment for $550 a month after college. Two bedroom, kitchen, like 800 square foot. Maybe room and board should be based on local renting pricing, based on living space and amenities in the room. Where I had that apartment, maybe the room and board needs to be like maxed out at 20% higher than apartments with in 10 miles of the campus.  I think it is degree based. If your school is like a top-5 in business, it might be worth it. Otherwise, just go to your state college or community college. No need to go to a private college unless you are getting a scholarship opportunity. I wouldn't send my kid to Harvard/Yale if they paid me. BLEH!!!  Not a fan 😛  In the end, 99% of jobs don't say, "Bachelor degree from Yale". Some do, like high level entry jobs on Wall Street. Most jobs just care if you have a degree.  I never see it this way. If everyone thought this way, progress would never happen. I do think some reduction in college cost or refund of some kind is needed. The student debt is crippling an entire generation of students who have no other choice. It makes it so they can't buy a home till they're 40. It just kills the ability to save for retirement and gain net worth. I think fixing the system, even if it means those who paid off their student loans before hand are upset, is better for everyone in the long run. 
    • Day 164 (05 Dec 21) - Worked on keeping lead hand pronated thru impact.  Easy swings w/7i and Birdie Balls.  
  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Augie
      Augie
      (63 years old)
    2. Dukes1304
      Dukes1304
      (36 years old)
    3. Mmgolfwiz
      Mmgolfwiz
      (58 years old)

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...