Core aerification of fairways is a necessary and vital practice to the long-term health of our turf, and we must do this every September and October. Core aerification is beneficial in many ways: it alleviates compaction, corrects soil laying issues, introduces oxygen into the root zone, and helps create pathways for water infiltration and future root growth.
Our fairway aerification process is detailed in the above video, "The A Team." Aerating the fairway is actually the easy part. Cleaning up the mess left behind always takes the most amount of time. Further complicating matters is the fact that we require dry, sunny weather for the best results--which also happens to be perfect golfing weather, too. The short-term inconvenience to daily play is a necessary evil, as we are running out of days to get this process done and we have a lot of work left before the snow flies.