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Wednesday September 2, 2020 9:49 AM
I’m in the middle making calls for aeration alerts and had to stop and stratch my head on this one.

Just got off the phone with Encinitas Ranch GC in San Diego County. They are aerating 1/2 of 3 greens per week with pins on the non aerated section of the greens beginning this week 8/31. Doing the math that is 12 weeks of aerating the greens. My opinion? My God just get it over with. Fully punch them all over two-three days and let them heal consistently. I’ve never been a fan of punching even 1/2 of all the greens every three weeks. This is taking it to a new level.
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Wednesday September 2, 2020 9:56 AM
Lake Forest Practice center use to aerate half of the greens at a time. For a place with so much play I can understand the decision but not what Encinitas is doing.
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Wednesday September 2, 2020 10:09 AM
Agree John, seems extreme.

If you want to stagger, why not do 1/2 of all 18 greens, then 3 weeks alter do the other half? You could usually find 3 pin positions on half a green to get you through a short period for some rotation.

Taking 12 weeks would seem to be awfully long, considering how much the weather usually changes in 3 months even in the S.D. area. Plus, assuming they aerate spring and fall, do you really want at least parts of your greens recovering from aeration 6 months total per year?
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The goal has always been long and straight! But since I can no longer hit them long, hopefully straighter could be achieved more than occasionally?
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Wednesday September 2, 2020 11:51 AM
To me it depends on how effectively they can maintain consistency across all 18 greens. If it feels like I have to adjust every 3 holes, it's dumb. If they can make them consistent and allow players to avoid aeration for the most part, it works.

My suspicion is they're doing it this way to rationalize that they don't need to reduce rates or inform people because they're not inconveniencing the player.
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Wednesday September 2, 2020 6:10 PM
Do it in 1 day, let everyone know greens will be shaky for a week or so. That's torture level stuff.
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Thursday September 3, 2020 8:43 AM
This is the result of a new Head greenskeeper trying to make everyone happy but the result is making no one happy. JC golf at its finest
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Thursday September 3, 2020 1:50 PM
Yeah, I used to think that it may be okay, but then you realize that you'll be playing aerated greens for a long-long time. You're right. Get it all over with in a day or two.
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