Autumn cultivation season has started for some with much of the coring targeted around Labor Day. Of the golf course management practices, core cultivation (aerification) is probably the most noticeable to golfers, and the least appreciated. The disruption to play is quite obvious but the benefits, although not as visual are just as important. Aggressive coring practices are normally done during periods of active turfgrass growth in the spring and fall. Factors involved in the type of coring to be done (hollow versus solid, tine diameter and depth, degree of disruption to the turf) are dependent on the desired long-term outcomes. Listed below are some of the outcomes from coring (and various types of cultivation practices).
On some golf course fairways through central Ohio a rather odd looking disease is beginning to appear. The disease is sometimes known as white leaf of annual bluegrass. Symptoms appear as white spots on Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis), annual bluegrass (Poa annua), perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), and to a lesser extent on creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera). The leaf symptoms appear as white or completely bleached out leaf blades caused by the degradation of chlorophyll.
Leopard Creek Country Club is located on the southern border of Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Course was designed by Gary Player and opened in 1996. The clubhouse is shown here with the 18th green in the front and behind is a view of the Kruger national Park. With Kruger National Park as a back drop the nature and beauty of both the park and the golf course come into focus.