Greetings from Palmer Legends

Warmer weather and rain means it is that time of year when we start performing maintenance to our golf courses.  Our first aerification was completed back on May 13 and 14.    During this first closure we were able to aerify tees, greens, and fairways.  Another aerification is scheduled for August.  Riley Grove will be closed August 13.  All three courses will be closed on August 14 and 15.  Cherry Hill will be closed August 16 and 17.   

Our process for the greens involves using 5/8” tines followed by topdressing of sand.  Although this process is disruptive to the playing conditions, it is a necessary evil in order for us to maintain the health of the turf.  I would expect our greens to be bumpy and not up to our standards for about 10 to 14 days after we finish the aerification process. 

Throughout the summer we will also have daily course closures to perform routine maintenance.  This could include verticutting, topdressing, aerifying, and completing detail work. Our first closure was June 10, 11, and 12.  A nine was closed each day.  At the end of the month June 27—July 1, Riley Grove will be closed.  Laurel Valley will be closed July 2—6 and Cherry Hill will be closed July 7—11.  During these five day closures we are going to aerify high traffic areas, fairways, greens and fertilizing all closely mown areas.  This will include much smaller tines to help promote a faster recovery.  We fully expect the putting surface to be up to our standards when the course reopens.

We will also have closures scheduled for September 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, and 25.  Each of these dates, one nine will be closed as we complete some routine maintenance.  

For further information or updates to the schedule please contact the golf shop at (352) 753-5300.

I look forward to seeing you at the club.

Mark Verkey,

PGA Professional
Palmer Legends Golf & Country Club

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