Nestled on the banks of the Fox River and used annually by tens of thousands of people, the 9-hole regulation Pottawatomie Golf Course, which is owned and operated by the St. Charles Park District, is certainly the most beautiful golf course in the Fox Valley area offering scenic views with lush landscapes along the shore of the Fox River.
A typical week starts with daily (7 days/week) mowing greens, changing cups, raking bunkers, moving tee markers, picking up garbage, patroling for sticks and cleaning/fueling machines. And that’s all before 7am! Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedules add the tasks of rolling and blowing off greens; mowing approaches, tees, fairways; mowing green and tee banks, and, of course, mowing rough.
Aerification is necessary to amend the soil, reduce compaction and reduce thatch. PGC’s problem greens are #2, because the soil is similar to concrete and #7 because it has original native soil. Without aerification, we would probably loose parts or all of these greens due to compaction.
There are many benefits for using covers such as, reduces winter kill, earlier green up, reduces fertilizer evaporation, and promotes healthy roots. Those are all great reasons to use covers from an agronomics point of view, but the main reason we cover greens #3, #4 and #6 is to keep the geese from picking at the turf during the January thaws.