Golf course Maintenance

Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents News Letter’ sent to you in November 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 December, 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 January 2009.





Hollow Coring Tees

This programme of maintenance has been completed as per the schedule.


Fairway Sprinkler Heads

The maintenance teams have continued to raise sprinkler heads throughout the course.





Edging Bunkers

The maintenance teams will be edging the bunkers on the golf course. This will continue to enhance and define the aesthetic appearance of the golf course. Any bunker being worked on will be deemed ground under repair.


Verti Draining Fairways

The fairways and all rough areas of the golf course will be verti-drained (aerified). This program helps to improve both soil compaction, air and water movement throughout the soil profile.


Fairway Sprinkler Heads

As a consequence of the fairway maintenance programmes, over time, fairway sprinkler heads become lower than the fairway surface. In December 2008 the maintenance team began the programme of raising a total of 500 sprinkler heads, which shall continue throughout the 2009 season. This schedule of work guarantees uniform water coverage to the desired areas of grass. Please be aware that this schedule of work will continue whilst golfers are playing, however staff will be protected from errant shots by protective netting. Disruption to play will be minimal.


Grass Driving Range Tee

The announcement in October that the grass driving range practice tee would only be used for scheduled events from the Tournament Events Calendar and prearranged National and County squad team bookings has provided a 3 month period of controlled use of the facility.

As a consequence of the reduction of golfing traffic, the benefits to the long-term quality of the turfgrass have been realised; the tee has recovered sufficiently to allow it to be reopened for play throughout the coming months.

Inevitably, it must be noted that the period of time that the grass practice area can be fully open for use corresponds directly to its, surface area, volume of golfing traffic and the consequent recovery time required by the turf grass thereafter.

Therefore, the artificial practice surfaces will be used, from time to time, to alleviate stress from routine play to allow for turfgrass recovery.


Greens Hollow Coring Dates For 2009

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 scheduled dates for ‘Greens Hollow Coring’ during 2009:

April 20th & 21st
May 18th & 19th
November 9th & 10th

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