Today we needle tined and lightly topdressed all the North greens except for 1 & 7. Most don’t remember these holes were reconstructed to a more modern specification and at times need to be managed differently. The main issue on these two greens with newer grass types and higher sand content is thatch becomes a greater problem.
To help resolve this we aerified with 1/4″ hollow tines which removes small plugs and leaves a hole in the green. This was followed up by a heavier topdressing and broomed in. Humid conditions and moisture on the greens surface limited the sand from filling the holes properly leaving more sand on the surface.
As for the rest of the greens on the North needle tining helps alleviate some of the compaction and allows movement of air and water in the soil. All of the greens were lastly rolled smooth for play.