You see it frequently with Grand Strand golf courses – typically on the front end of summer as they’re regrouping after a busy spring season, and also in August as courses are preparing for fall play. You arrive at the course, and discover the greens (and often the fairways) have been “punched” with small holes filled with sand. Your putting game now faces a new challenge, as the quick greens you played just weeks before now have a distinctly different speed and texture.
Welcome to aeration season.
It’s a temporary inconvenience, to be sure. But we’ll emphasize “highly necessary” along with “temporary,” because it ensures the great course conditions you’ve come to expect throughout the year – and particularly during Myrtle Beach’s peak seasons – are in place for your next golf getaway.
To ensure those optimal conditions, aeration does three things:
And when we talk about “temporary” post-aeration conditions, it usually means it will be about 10 days (give or take a few) before the playing surface fully returns to its pre-maintenance levels. And playing conditions improve steadily within that time frame.
If you’re not sure how aeration will impact your summer golf plans, just call ahead to the course you want to play. They’ll tell you the dates involved so you can plan accordingly.