I had just read this the night before I went to a nearby course to use the range. At the pro shop, the person in front of me redeemed a greens fee purchased on an online retailer for a much discounted price.
The pro shop asked the player to start at the back as the last two holes are still being worked on, the guy at the counter, said.
The man didn't mind going off the back, but suddenly, when he heard the greens were just cored, he wasn't the same jolly guy and said, "BUT I WAS NEVER TOLD THIS!!!".
Really sorry this happened to you, CROCMAN. It has happened to me, too. All I can tell you from what I learned was to be mindful if it is the season for aerification. Here in the Southern California, in the area where I play most, it is usually in spring and fall season when the courses are punched. I've always made it a point to ask if I'm ever playing away from our course since.
Good luck next time.