Golf Course Maintenance


Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents News Letter’ sent to you in July 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 August, 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 September 2008


Fungicide Spraying
The spraying program has been successfully carried out as per the schedule and helps protect the course against the strong summer turf grass diseases.

Hand Watering
The hand watering of localised dry spots has continued throughout the month of August to help reduce summer heat stress to the turf grass plant.

Foreign Grass Encroachment
As per the schedule, the second and third application of herbicides has been applied to areas of the course that had become infected with undesirable turf species and weeds, which flourish in this warm climate. Areas that have been successfully treated will now be reestablished whilst some persistent areas will be sprayed again.

Hole 2 Grass Extension Grow In Program
The recently introduced grass approach has been unable to withstand the stresses of the summer climate. The summer temperatures are now dropping and we are confident that the approach will recover quickly as we enter the autumn season. The orange fence has been replaced with white half moon metal stakes and the area is still deemed as ground under repair (G.U.R).


Foreign Grass Encroachment
Areas of the course where foreign grasses and weeds have both encroached and persisted will be sprayed once again during the month of September. With respect to those areas where successful eradication of such encroachment has taken place, a programme of overseeding and topdressing will be carried out.

Hole 2 Grass Extension Grow In Program
After the intense temperatures experienced this summer, additional grow in time is required to help this area fully grow in and establish. Please be advised that the fenced off area of the new approach may be soft due to multiply irrigation cycles throughout the day whilst we continue to establish this new grass area. Please tread carefully if entering this area to retrieve golf balls. This area is also deemed as ground under repair (G.U.R). The introduction of the remaining landscaping plant material will be carried out shortly.

Edging Fairways
The maintenance teams will be edging all fairway and green complexes on the golf course. This will enhance and define the aesthetic appearance of the golf course grass areas.

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:

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