Below is a link to a YouTube video that demonstrates a process known as aggressive verti-cutting. Last fall we purchased the Graden Swingwing unit represented in the video for use on our fairways and tees. The process of "gradening" a fairway removes a significant amount of organic matter (thatch) from the turf in a process that is faster and less disruptive than traditional core aerification. When the verti-cutting is complete, small lines approximately 2" apart will remain in the fairways for the next 7-10 days while they recover. These lines will have little to no effect on the playability of the course.
The weather will be absolutely perfect the remainder of the week to get this process completed. Please excuse or dust as we work this agronomic practice for the overall health and benefit of your golfing experience.
Authored by: Bob McCurdy, Golf Course Superintendent