Golf Course Maintenance

Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents News Letter’ sent to you in December 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 January, 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 February 2007.


Solid Tining Greens 

As per the schedule the greens are now being solid tined on a ten-day cycle.

Bunker Sand Placement

The placement of new bunker sand has started to take place on the golf course.  The newly placed sand will be mechanically compacted to eliminate the softness and improve playability.

Bunker Edging

The bunker edging has been completed as per the schedule.


Solid Tining Greens

The greens are continually being solid tined on a ten-day schedule. These 5mm pencil tine holes are only open (noticeable) for the first 2 days thereafter. During this time, by aiding the flushing of the salts with freshwater hand watering and increasing oxygen uptake to the root system, the negative impact of accumulated salts throughout the summer period in soil profile is reduced. This solid tining will continue during the growing season. There is hardly any noticeable effect to the playing quality of the greens surface.

Bunker Sand Placement

Bunkers that have lost sand over the summer months will be renovated so that bunker consistency is achieved throughout the golf course. Bunkers that are being worked on will be deemed ground under repair.

Spanish Amateur Open Notice

During the month of February the golf course maintenance teams will be working throughout the day to prepare the Indiana course for the Spanish Amateur Open. Please bear with us as the golf course maintenance program intensifies leading up to the tournament. This intensified schedule of works shall not only benefit the competitors participating within the event but also our members, their guests and visitors thereafter.

Please help us with this preparation by repairing two pitch marks per green whilst playing the Indiana.

Important Hollow Coring Greens Schedule  Date Change Advisement 2007

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 temporarily effect the playing conditions of the greens surface, thus enabling them to plan particular holidays accordingly, please see below a slight amendment to the scheduled dates for ‘Greens Hollow Coring’: –

  • Monday 16th April (6mm Tines)
  • Monday 21st May (13mm Tines)
  • Monday 15th October (6mm Tines) – Previously scheduled for Monday 8th October

This is an essential part of golf course 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.

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.

Simon Coaker, Director of Golf
Anthony Brooks, Golf Course Superintendent