29 May '16, 12am

Scheduling course maintenance around the tournament calendar: it can be done.

For many years, Calabasas Country Club set their tournament calendar first and scheduled maintenance around tournament dates. This scheduling pushed important maintenance practices, such as aeration and winter overseeding, into times of the year when recovery was slower and seed establishment took longer. The solution was to reverse the process and set the agronomic calendar first, scheduling tournaments around maintenance activities. This system allowed maintenance practices to take place during appropriate times and ensured excellent golf conditions for tournaments. A perfect example was the member-guest tournament that was traditionally scheduled during October and placed the tournament in conflict with the ideal time for putting green aeration and course overseeding. To resolve this conflict, the member-guest and other big events were moved to the spring when course co...

Full article: http://www.usga.org/course-care/regional-updates/west-reg...

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