Done Venting?

The Manitou Passage Golf Club is. End-of-summer course “aerification” wrapped up this week, and the best golf course in Leelanau County is open with some great autumn deals. Keep reading if you ever wondered how the aerifying process works and why the best courses seem to do it so often, and check out the great weekday and weekend prices available right now.



Nothing is more frustrating than showing up to play a round only to find out its aerification time at your favorite golf course. Or even worse: finding out the aerification process just wrapped up leaving behind hundreds of little holes all over the putting greens!

Think of it as a short-term disruption with long-term benefits for Leelanau County’s favorite golf course. The regularly scheduled aerifying process came off without a hitch, and guests of Manitou Passage Golf Club are already reporting the course is playing better than ever.


Why Vent?

Golf course regularly aerify their greens for one very important reason. But we’ll let the experts at Golf Course Superintendents Association of America explain. They’re the men and women who know what’s best for keeping golf course in good shape and playable.

"Preventative maintenance is an integral part of successful golf course management," the GCSAA states. "Golfers view aerification as an inconvenience that takes the greens out of play for a day, pulling cores from the greens and leaving holes that can affect putting for many days before healing. To add insult to injury, aerification is best done in many part of the country during mid-summer, at the height of the playing season and when most greens are in prime condition.”

But here’s the upshot, the GCSAA continues. “Without those little (aerification) holes, the greens would eventually die. For grass to grow at 3/16-inch, they need to have deep, healthy roots. Good roots demand oxygen.”

Simply put, aerification is a mechanical process that creates more air space in the soil and promotes deeper rooting, thus helping the grass plants stay healthy. It relieves soil compaction, 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. In other words, it’s an essential process when the goal is to produce healthy turf over the lifetime of the course. 

Great Autumn Deals

The leaves are just beginning to change color, and right now, golfers can take advantage of the best golfing deal in Leelanau County. Manitou Passage Golf Club is offering weekday pricing for just $40 per player. Weekends are only $50 and $60 unlimited. 

Guests of The Homestead can enjoy stay-and-play packages. How about a 1- or 2-night Leelanau golf getaway for just $103 and $145 per person, respectively? This includes breakfast each morning and two 18 hole round per person at Arnold Palmer’s Manitou Passage Golf Club; replay rates are also available, replays booked after first round. Click here for more details.  

Click here for a full list of packages at The Homestead. Or call 231.334.5100 for reservation and more information.