All About Aerating Greens

Golf is a sport that needs the attention of both golfers and fans. But have you ever thought of what happens to keep the golf course and its grass in the best conditions suitable for a round of golf?

All About Aerating Greens

Thousands of dollars go into the maintenance of golf courses every year; in fact, the cost of maintaining the greens on a golf course has risen significantly in recent years.

The best greens are in perfect condition. This is an important factor that can decide if the ball will make it into the hole or not.

Aeration has a big role to play in the maintenance of the greens on a golf course.

What are aerated greens?

Nature is a beautiful thing that must be understood if you want to properly maintain a golf course.

Aeration is a way greens can breathe after they are stepped on tens of thousands of times over the course of a year. These greens breathe through a process of poking little holes into them in an effort to give the soil beneath the more air to aid good root development and water passage.

Greens have to be aerated, just as excessive nose hair has to be trimmed to create a passage for the free flow of air.

There are a lot of bad things that can happen if the greens on a golf course are not aerated at the right time. Here are a few of them:

  • Greens may begin to lose color
  • Poorly developed roots
  • Possible death of one or more greens on the golf course

How long does it take aerated greens to recover?

Greens on a golf course have to recover after an aeration (pulling or punching holes) process. This takes a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 5 weeks, but there several factors that can speed up or slow down the recovery time.

The major influencing factor is the weather: how much rain can the greens can get in a short period of time? More rain can speed up the recovery, while less rain can prolong it. A shortage of rain, however, is easily solved by regularly watering the greens.


As I've alluded to many times, it is important to aerate the greens on a golf course. Aeration keeps the greens fresh and also perfect for a good round.

A reduced quality and color in greens can be a sign that it's time for aeration, but don't wait that long. Aerate greens when you think they could use some maintenance.

So go on and aerate those greens right now. Good luck!

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