Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents News Letter’ sent to you in August 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 September, 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 October 2009.




Hand Watering

During 125 days of summer, the temperature was in excess of 30ºC. We are pleased to report that the programme of hand watering the greens and tees has now been completed!


Fungicide Spraying

The application of the preventative fungicides to all grass areas was completed as per the schedule. This maintenance programme helps protect the course against strong summer turf grass diseases.


Solid Tining Greens

The greens have been solid tined as per the schedule.


Practice Putting Green

Due to them encroaching into the USGA root zone of the green, the trees surrounding the practice putting green had been root pruned in February. However, the quality of the putting green had severely deteriorated during the summer months due to the aggressive nature of their shallow roots. The offending trees have now been removed altogether, eliminating the green from direct competition that had been detrimental to the putting surface. Where damaged, the green has now been turfed and staked off to allow for recovery.


Green Surround Seeding

Areas of the golf course green surrounds have been seeded and topdressed to help them recover after the damaged created from the heat during the summer months. These areas have not been marked as GUR, but are identified with white metal traffic stakes to prevent the normal golf traffic flow, helping germination of the new seed to take place.






Solid Tining Greens

The greens will be solid tined. The 5mm pencil tine holes are only open (noticeable) for the first 2 days. During this time, by aiding the flushing of the salts and increasing oxygen uptake to the root system, the negative impact of accumulated salts throughout the summer period within the soil profile is greatly reduced. This program will continue during the growing season. There is hardly any noticeable effect to the playing quality of the greens surface.


Hollow Coring Traffic Areas

Entrance and exit points of all green complexes need extra maintenance to maintain healthy turf grass. These traffic areas will be hollow cored, topdressed and overseeded. White half moon metal stakes will be used to both protect and identify these areas as GUR.


Greens Hollow Coring Dates For 2009 & 2010 Date Change

In the knowledge that all property owners and members need to have as much notice as possible with respect to particular aspects of the golf course maintenance schedule that may temporarily effect the playing conditions of the greens surface, thus enabling them to plan particular holidays accordingly, please see below the remaining scheduled dates for ‘Greens Hollow Coring’ during 2009 and the scheduled coring dates for 2010, with the update made to the month of May.


November 9th & 10th

April 26th & 27th
May 17th & 18th Changed to May 20th & 21st
November 8th & 9th

This particular program is an essential part of golf course maintenance. This practice creates the required environment for strong vigorous roots to grow, the very essence of golf course maintenance.

You will be able to keep up to date with the full tournament and social schedule, format and any additions, information of how to enter, and much, much more by visiting either our official website or alternatively, reading the notice boards in both the Men’s and Ladies locker rooms in the Clubhouse whilst at the Resort.

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,

Simon Coaker
Director of Golf

Anthony Brooks
Golf Course Superintendent



For further information contact: Golf Reception
Telephone: +34  637 861 591