Colf Course Maintenance

‘NEWS LETTER’ – April 2008

Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents News Letter’ sent to you in February 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 March, 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 April 2008.


Verti Draining Fairways

The programme of verti draining the fairways has been completed. Disruption to play, as always was kept to an absolute minimum.

Solid Tining Greens

The schedule of solid tining all of the greens has been completed.

18th Hole-Santa Rosa Springs Landscaping

We are currently awaiting the delivery of additional washingtonia palm trees that have been ordered. These will be introduced to limit the visual impact of the protective netting positioned behind Santa Rosa Springs and to improve the visual appearance of the hole.

Irrigation Modifications

As per the schedule, modification work to the irrigation system on green surrounds 1 and 18 and on tee complexes 5 and 15 has begun.


Hollow Coring Greens April  22nd & 23rd

As previously advised, the first scheduled hollow coring of the greens will take place in April. This is an essential part of greens maintenance. The hollow coring of the greens is a practice which is scheduled each year to both maintain and enhance the playing quality of the putting surfaces with which we are accustomed at The Indiana. This practice creates the required environment for strong vigorous roots to grow, the very essence of golf course maintenance.

Hollow Coring Trees

The tees will be hollow cored and top dressed during April. This aerification program is essential for healthy turf and root growth. During this time tee markers may be moved to adjacent teeing areas so that work can continue during busy golfing periods.  

Hole 2 Cart Track Modification & Grass Extension

The cart track from the tee complex to the green approach will be relocated further to the right hand side and will cross a new bridge which is to be introduced over the ravine. Once this schedule of works has been completed, the existing grass playing areas to the right hand side of the green surround and approach are to be expanded. The introduction of the remaining plant material to be introduced will take place in the Spring / Summer of 2008.

Irrigation Modifications

Modification work to the irrigation system on green surrounds 1 and 18 and on tee complexes 5 and 15 to improve the efficiency of the irrigation coverage and thus the quality of the grass will continue. Trenching machinery and other equipment will be used in these areas, which shall be identified for the golfer, however please be aware of open trenches whilst work is carried out.

Driving Range Tee

The grass driving range tee area will be closed until further notice so that a complete renovation can take place. This will involve the coring, verticutting and overseeding of the range tee. As usual the high quality Huxley mats will be available for all members to use.

Important Maintenance Schedule For 2008

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 outstanding scheduled dates for ‘Greens Hollow Coring’ during 2008:

May 20th & 21st
November 24th & 25th

This particular programme 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    Anthony Brooks  
  Director of Golf    Golf Course Superintendent  


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