Why aerification and overseeding is a necessary maintenance practice?
The aeration and overseeding practices are one of the more visible agronomic practices to ensure prime golf course conditions to our valued guests throughout the year. During the aerification process, which takes place in the summer months we punch tiny holes and allow sand, nutrients and water to penetrate through compacted soil. This process is done over a couple weeks and needs ample time for full recovery. The overseeding process is done in the fall and includes the process of switching from summer bermuda grass to winter rye grass. We allow several weeks for this process and additional time for full recovery. During the recovery period we water extensivily to promote seed germination. Following the reopening we will keep golf carts for at least one month on the cart path to prevent damage to the course.
Aerification Schedule 2021:
First round of aerification:
Second round of aerification:
Overseeding Schedule 2021:
Couse 1 closes September 13th and opens up on September 27th
Course 2 closes September 27th and opens up on October 11th
Course 3 closes October 11th and opens up on Ocotber 29th
*Course rotation for overseed TBD*
Course will be cart path only for at least one month after opening!
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves an important environmental role worldwide. Audubon International has developed Standard Environmental Management Practices that are generally applicable to all golf courses. These standards form the basis for ACSP for Golf certification guidelines.
Since 2009, The Westin Kierland Golf Club has been proud to hold the ACSP for Golf certification. We are committed to environmental stewardship through best management practices and natural resource conservation. While providing pristine playing conditions, the golf course also serves as a large habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Through focused efforts, we have steadily reduced our footprint on the environment by decreasing our consumption of water, fertilizer, and fuel. We pride ourselves on setting an example for the industry and believe that Audubon International is an organization that best highlights such efforts.
The pictures below show just a small sampling of the wildlife population at Kierland Golf Club. Pictured are: Vermilion Flycatcher, baby Great-Horned Owls, and a lovely/healthy coyote
In 2022, our resident Great-Horned Owls birthed 2 baby Great-Horned Owls. We’re happy to report they are healthy and happily patrolling the skies over Kierland Golf Club.