Golf Course Maintenance

JULY 2007

Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents News Letter’ sent to you in May 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 June, 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 July 2007.


15th Hole Modifications

Remodelling works to Hole 15 have continued in June as per schedule. The extensive upgrades to the fairway irrigation system have been completed and the widened area of fairway has now been seeded. This area has been fenced off allowing for 2 separate access points for golfers to approach the fairway from the left hand side. It is anticipated that this fencing will be in place for approximately 4 weeks, to allow this area the greatest opportunity for speedy establishment. A new sleeper bridge crossing has been introduced over the new lake feature and the shaping of the new fairway lake has been completed.

Hollow Coring and Overseeding Approaches

The approaches have been hollow cored, top dressed and over seeded as per the schedule. This procedure will help to reduce soil compaction, which allows us to maintain the highest quality playing surfaces at the approach of each green.


15th Hole Modifications

The final phase of construction work to Hole 15 will include the introduction of the plastic lake liner and railway sleeper edging and rock features within the perimeter of the lake. This program of works is extensive and the golf receptionists will announce daily updates of the works being carried out to golfers at registration. We will of course try to keep any disruption to play to a minimum and ask for you to bear with us during the hole enhancement works.

Fairway Topdressing

The fairways will be topdressed. Slow release calcium products are mixed within the topdressing sand and introduced within the soil profile, assisting in the dilution of the salts, which have built up over time.

Fungicide Spraying.

The summer preventative and curative fungicide-spraying program of all grass areas will continue. This programme safeguards against strong summer turf grass diseases. Signs will be placed on fairway 1, anti-green 1 and the 9th hole to remind players that spraying is in progress. Please ensure that you wash your hands after play.

Hand Watering

Throughout the hot summer months hand watering of localised dry spots will take place. Please be advised that this is a crucial part of summer maintenance. Hand watering cannot be stopped during play for this reason.

Foreign Grass Encroachment Continued

During the summer months warm season grasses and weeds flourish in this warm climate. Over the following months the areas that have encroachment, fairways, roughs and green surrounds, will be sprayed off with ‘Round-Up’©. These areas will appear white and dry and will be deemed ground under repair. Re-establishment of these areas will be ongoing throughout the summer and autumn.

Coring Greens Schedule 2007 Reminder

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 further remaining scheduled dates for ‘Greens Hollow Coring’: –

  • Monday 15th October (6mm Tines)

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.

Kind regards,

Simon Coaker
Director of Golf

Kind regards,

Anthony Brooks
Golf Course Superintendent