First and Foremost, Happy Master's Sunday! Seeing the wet and cooler conditions in Augusta over the weekend is definitely out of the norm but seems to be the recurring nightmare in Pittsburgh. The continued unseasonable weather patterns is forcing some changes (postponing) of aerification week that is scheduled to start tomorrow (Mon 4/9). The combination of rain, snow, low day temps and below freezing temps over the next few days will be problematic towards completing the process in a timely fashion forcing the below alterations towards spring aerification.
Tuesday (4/10) and Wednesday (4/11) our Contractor will be here to attempt deep-tinning greens because of no alternate dates. The course will remain open (weather permitting). For the remainder of the week, the holes will be exposed but the surfaces will be rolled and mowed to provide the best conditions possible.
Monday (4/16) and Tuesday (4/17) our bi-annual process on green will commence. The jury is still out on whether we will pull a core or not. Using a solid tine will be considered if conditions aren't favorable. As of know, the weather looks promising as warmer temperatures return this upcoming weekend. The course will be open on Wednesday (4/18).
Monday (4/23) and Tuesday (4/24) will become the new dates to address these areas. Unfortunately, these two dates are the only remaining options this Spring from our contractor to pull a core on fairways. Since we missed last Fall due to weather, I'm optimistic that we can make this happen with only one conflict on the calendar. While the contractor is working on fairways, the staff will complete the normal process on tees and approaches. The course will be open on Wednesday (4/25).
I apologize for the inconvenience and rest assured that we are chomping at the bit to get the season going as much as you are. I truly feel that considering the circumstances this is the best alternative to complete all tasks while providing limited disruption to being open for play. Thank you for your continued support and understanding of the necessity to complete this process that serves as the foundation towards the season and moving forward.
Stay tuned for updates or any additional changes. Enjoy the corner and one of the best back 9s in tournament golf!
Fairways and Dreams,
Josh A. Saunders