GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT’S
Dear Member / Property Owner,
Following on from the Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter sent to you in January, which was designed to keep you up to date with all of the important maintenance procedures which were scheduled to take place on The Indiana Course in February, we are pleased to be able to give you an update on the works carried out and to inform you of the schedule of works which shall take place in March 2016.
FEBRUARY COURSE MAINTENANCE UPDATE
The verti draining of the fairways will now start in March 2016.
Green’s Collar Turfing
The program of replacing turf on the green’s collars will take place in March 2016.
Solid Tining Greens
The program of solid tining the greens was completed as per the maintenance schedule.
Golf Course Landscaping Improvements
15 new washingtonia palm trees were planted, on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd of March, running up the right hand side of the 18th hole with the aim of preventing an errant hit golf shot ending up out of bounds entering properties. Disruption to golf was kept to an absolute minmum. The palms on the 16th hole, near the tee complex, will be planted on Wednesday 2nd March.
Renovation of the Golf Academy Bunker
The small pot bunker at the chipping green has been renovated as per the maintenance schedule.
MARCH COURSE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
Verti Draining Fairways
The program of verti-draining (solid tine aerification) the fairways will start in March. This particular aspect of golf course maintenance is both extremely necessary and time consuming, so we ask you to please bear with us until its completion. Disruption to play, as always, will be kept to an absolute minimum.
Green’s Collar Turfing
The Rye grass green’s collars, over time, have become contaminated with different species of grasses that cannot be controlled chemically. This turf grass will be removed mechanically and new Rye grass turf will be placed. Green’s collars 17, 18, and the chipping green are the most affected.
Driving Range Grass Tee
The driving range grass tee will be available for use upto and including the Easter golfing period; thereafter the tee will be closed for maintenance. This will involve the verticutting and overseeding of the tee surface. This is the optimum time to establish new seed, which will improve the recovery rate of the playing surface. The tee will reopen after recovery.
2016 Greens Hollow Coring Dates
In the knowledge that all Property Owners and Members need to have as much notice as possible concerning particular aspects of the golf course maintenance schedule that may temporarily effect the playing conditions of the green’s surface, thus enabling them to plan particular holidays accordingly, please see below the new hollow coring dates in2016.
Monday 11th April
Monday 16th May
Monday 7th November
In Addition the Putting Green, Chipping Green and Driving Range Facility will be closed for hollow coring on Wednesday 13th April 2016, Wednesday 18th May 2016 and Wednesday 9th November 2016.
You will be able to keep up to date with the full tournament and social calendar, format and any additions, information of how to enter, and much much more, by visiting the golf reception at Desert Springs.
We and the staff at Desert Springs are looking forward to seeing you on The Indiana course in the near future.
Kind regards, Kind regards,
Alfonso Castiñeira Anthony Brooks
Golf Operations Manager Golf Course Superintendent