If you played the North course today, then you may have been asking yourself or your playing partner what these little dimples are all over the greens. In fact, I even received a question as to why we were aerating in July. Well, I can assure that we are not aerating in July. We have however, poked some holes. This process is referred to as proseeding or overseeding. We have proseeded the weaker greens (in terms of turf density) in preparation for the hot/humid weather. The proseed dimple is done by a drum pulled behind a tractor. On top of the drum is a seed basket. Each time the drum rotates, the seed basket drops seed into the dimple. The dimple is the perfect seed bed keeping the seed moist and away from the elements. If treated properly, we could see germination in as early as 5-7 days. This new bentgrass plant will continue to mature and help fill in the “gaps” throughout the putting surface. Although most of these “gaps” can’t really be seen with the naked eye, they are present. If not taken care of, these “gaps” could eventually turn into one that can be seen by the naked eye. Although visible, the dimples should not interfere with your putting. We appreciate your patience while we carry out a such a crucial cultural practice. Greens will be rolled tomorrow and the dimples will be gone in a few days. See you on the course!
Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent