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Kevin is currently the certified superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club. Kevin was the Director of Maintenance at Lahontan Golf Club for over 14 years. Some of the responsibilities over the expanse of his career include the daily upkeep of multiple golf courses, natural resources, environmental compliance, and roads and streets. The wide ranging expertise has come from a combination of education and experiences. Degrees in Meteorology (1987 University of Nebraska/Lincoln), and Horticulture (1992 Colorado State), complete the formal side of this important combination of qualifications. A lifetime of experience around golf courses, and the game of golf was provided by Kevin's father.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Post Aerification

This was the only aerification I remember that I was not excited to do, because like a lot of you, I was thinking "the course was just getting really good and then you have to go and do that".

We got through another aerification successfully and I want to let you know what you can expect for playing conditions while the course recovers.

Greens were single aerified and verticut in 2 directions. Extra fertilizer and minerals were applied with the sand to promote rapid growth and recovery of the aeration holes. Weather permitting, and boy did we luck out this week, greens will be back to regular speed and smoothness in 2 to 3 weeks. 
All the green expansion areas will be maintained the same as the rest of the green from this point on.

Tees were aerified, seeded, fertilized, and topdressed. The edges will have some extra sand to help level them. The Poa annua that is coming back into these tees is being treated and they will be off color as the Poa dies and the rye seed establishes in the next month.

Fairways were seeded, spiked, and topdressed. The fairways will be sandy for a week or so and a little wetter than normal to encourage the seed that was applied.

Roughs were aerified and select areas seeded. There will be aeration cores in the roughs for a week or so until they break down with mowing and dragging.

With normal temperatures all surfaces will recover quickly and be back in top shape within a month.  


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