I had been somewhat concerned that rocks would be pulled to the surface by the aerifiers but fortunately we had very little of this. Some rocks were brought up but they were quickly removed and the holes backfilled with soil.
As I mentioned before one of the benefits of these machines is the depth to which they can go. On average the tines were penetrating about 8 inches deep.
The holes on the surface will quickly grow over and become unnoticeable. The holes in the soil however, will remain open for quite some time, creating healthier turf and better playing conditions. Here is the 2nd fairway the day after it was aerified.
While the fairways were being aerified we also aerified the front nine tees and the range tees. Next Monday we will be aerifing the remaining tees.
We also have been using this time to complete some cart path work. The final touches have been put on #7 cart path and it is now open for use. I have received many positive comments on this addition as it is an easier walk onto the tees.
You will also notice that we added a cart path extension on #1. The area where you leave #1 fairway to transition onto the cart path had become rutted from cart traffic. We added this stone path to help get carts through this wet area.