Vineyards Golf Courses Get Aeration and Mole Cricket Extermination

Vineyards Country Club has two beautiful golf courses taken care of lovingly by Jim Schleutker and his amazing Staff. The greens this past year have never looked so great, and with the constant daily care of the best Agronomist and his trained staff.

Many people don’t know what agronomy is…According to Wikepedia: Agronomy (Ancient Greek ἀγρός agrós ‘field’ + νόμος nómos ‘law’) is the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber, and land reclamation. Agronomy has come to encompass work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, meteorology, and soil science. It is the application of a combination of sciences like biology, chemistry, economics, ecology, earth science, and genetics. Agronomists of today are involved with many issues, including producing food, creating healthier food, managing the environmental impact of agriculture, and extracting energy from plants.[1] Agronomists often specialise in areas such as crop rotation, irrigation and drainage, plant breeding, plant physiology, soil classification, soil fertility, weed control, and insect and pest “.

Having the year- round schedule of maintaining golf greens in Florida can be very challenging. Two of the ost important items on that calendar happened over the past 2 weeks at Vineyards.

Next to hurricanes, mole crickets may be the scariest critters a golf course superintendent can experience in the sandy Deep South. With no known locally occurring natural predators, the mole cricket has existed with impunity since arriving at five Gulf Coast ports less than a century ago. You cannot rid the courses with pesticides, you have to use Biocontrols. The he benefits of biocontrols are many……they are safe for humans, pets, and livestock and do not pollute. Last week Vineyards spent 4 days combing the 2 courses to rid them of these pesky things that will make a golf course look brown and unhealthy.

This week the Golf Staff is working on Aerification. Aerification achieves three things. It relieves soil compaction, it provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a green’s roots and it reduces or prevents the accumulation of excess thatch. To aerify, we use a machine that cores the ground (punches holes and removes the dirt) in a certain pattern. Aside from relieving compaction, it also opens growing room for the roots and increases oxygen to the roots.

Making Vineyards Golf Course beautiful is a daily job and involves massive amounts of time, effort, money and planning. Having 2 beautiful 18 hole golf courses is Vineyards goal to it’s members. If you have any questions about the golf course, Our Agronomist loves to answer questions. You can email him at