Although the daytime temperatures have increased, our nighttime temperatures have not reached the point where our Bermuda grass has begun to grow much yet. We have seen some color change, which is the predecessor of the growth stage. Recovery of Bermuda grass begins when nighttime temperatures remain above 55° for several days and soil temperature reaches 60° at the 4-inch depth. We understand that this has been a difficult season playing on dormant Bermuda that gets very compacted, but be encouraged that we have scheduled the overseed to take place this coming fall during the month of September. When we open in October, we will have the golf course in the kind of condition that you will enjoy playing and be happy to show off to your friends.
We will be aerifying (punching) the greens with solid tines on the 20th and 21st of April. This is a necessary step in maintaining smooth, healthy putting surfaces throughout the year. We will close 9 holes each day to complete the aerifying, so if you are playing on either of these two days, you will be playing the same nine twice. Since we are not pulling plugs, the greens will be very playable following this procedure.