We just finished an aeration in late August.
It doesn’t matter if it’s May, June, September or October, it’s always a disruption, but it is such a necessity. Thom Charters, our director of golf course operations, is so good in picking times that are less disruptive to the members.
In the most recent one, we closed it down on a Monday evening and then Tuesday morning, we went out just in front of golfers to do the greens. We’ll do the fairways and tees later in the fall.
When we did the greens in late August, the members weren’t playing on greens that were 100 per cent perfect. They were rolling nicely, but they weren’t the same pristine greens that the members have gotten used to at Coppinwood.
The key to such maintenance is informing the members. We use our Coppinwood TV to let people know not only when we’re doing work, but also why we’re doing it, that it’s a necessary evil.
We also have a newsletter to talk about not only aeration, but other matters such as how important it is for them to fix a ball mark and why.
Communication goes a long way in maintaining your golf course and easing the inconvenience for members.