Golf courses are living, breathing organisms. They evolve as factors like the weather and maintenance practices change. Often, the most successful golf course superintendents and golf facilities are those that adapt – i.e., they realize that focusing on course maintenance at the appropriate times yields the most consistent playing conditions.
As a golf course changes, the one constant that remains is a full golf calendar. Golf facilities rely on regular play, outings and local or regional tournaments to provide revenue. Busy golf calendars often provide little leeway for superintendents to perform basic yet critical maintenance practices such as aeration, topdressing and fertilizer applications. Routine management practices that improve playing conditions like topdressing, grooming and verticutting are often pushed aside to avoid disrupting golf events.
Understandably, disruptive maintenance practices like aeration can be frustrating. Aeration can conjure negative emotions even before a golfer plays the course. Therefore, this procedure is sometimes scheduled around the golf calendar – i.e., when it will be the least disruptive to play and not when it is of most benefit to the grass.