Golf course Maintenance

MARCH 2009


Dear Member / Property Owner,

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





Edging Bunkers

The maintenance teams have completed the programme of edging bunkers as per the schedule. This has resulted in further enhancing and defining the aesthetic appearance of the golf course.


Solid Tining Greens

The greens were solid tined using the hydrojet system of aeration. This method of aeration using high-pressure water is an alternative method to that of solid tining. This programme resulted in almost no detrimental effect or impact to the playing surface, with the added assistance of being extremely beneficial to the soil profile.


Verti Draining Fairways

The remaining holes requiring verti-drainng from the January schedule has been completed.


Fairway Sprinkler Heads

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




Solid Tining Greens

The greens are now being solid tined on a two-week schedule. These 5mm pencil tine holes are only open (noticeable) for the first 2 days. 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 within the soil profile is greatly reduced. This program will continue during the growing season. There is hardly any noticeable effect to the playing quality of the greens surface.


Fairway Sprinkler Heads

As a consequence of the fairway maintenance programmes, over time, fairway sprinkler heads become lower than the fairway surface. The programme of raising a total of 500 sprinkler heads 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.


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