Green Reshaping

With tournament season ending and the weather chilling, we closed our Lakeside course and hit the ground running with our improvement projects to the 18-hole course! It was Lakeside’s turn to be aerated, drainage systems to be installed, construction was beginning on the new waterfall feature on #18, and hole #10 needed to be reshaped!

Reshaping greens is a common practice in golf course maintenance and is often done when only the turf needs to be adjusted and the overall course design is not being altered. It is often called for when golf and putting experience is diminished due to other grasses, climate issues, or terrain levels. There are various ways to reshape a green based on age of greens and original construction, however; we want to maintain a similar shape and contours for golfing conditions.

As of this posting, the #10 Lakeside green reconstruction project is complete! First, the green was stripped into thick cut sod slabs and removed. Next, the slopes and grades were re-worked and softened. Finally, the original thick cut sod was replaced on the green. The result of the project is a green that looks very much like the original design, but more playable with fairer hole locations. We reused the original thick cut green sod due to seeding not being an option this time of year. The green will be in good playable condition much quicker this way. There will be a grow in process involving frequent small hole aerification and topdressing to level the sod and restore the green’s true roll.
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Date: 12/2/21