We will be aerating at Black Bear starting Monday, September 27, weather permitting. On Monday, September 27, our front 9 will be closed for aerifying, and our back 9 only will be open for play. On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, our back 9 will be closed for aerifying and the newly aerified front 9 will be open. We will try our best to get all 18 holes open on Wednesday.
Check our tee times for special aerification rates. While we are aerifying, 18-hole rounds will be played twice on the same 9 holes.
Thank you for your patience while we work to keep our playing conditions superb.
Why Golf Course Aeration Matters
Golfers always wonder why greens are being aerated. Often, they’ll comment “The greens were just getting good, and then you aerate?!”. While aeration may not look pretty, it is an important step in keeping the course green and the playing conditions superb.
Putting greens get a lot of foot traffic, in fact, more so than a tee box. With all this traffic the greens suffer from “compaction” which can weaken roots. Aeration clears out space on the greens to promote healthy roots and reduce thatch. Aeration will enable root systems to grow deeper into the soil. Thatch is basically old plant material that accumulates on the surface of the soil. It acts like a sponge, holding water near the surface which creates inconsistent green speeds and increases the likelihood of disease.
As mentioned previously, it often seems like aeration is done while the turf on the greens is performing at its best. This is because aeration is most effective when the grass is healthy and actively growing. Greens recover more quickly and weeds don’t have the opportunity to invade because the turf quickly recovers. This minimizes the amount of time the green will be sub-optimal for play. However–even at its worst the aeration only impacts 5-10% of the putting surface.