Golf Course Maintenance

APRIL 2009


Dear Member / Property Owner,

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




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 means 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.


Fairway Sprinkler Heads

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





Hollow Coring Greens

As previously advised, please be reminded that the greens will be hollowed cored on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April. 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.


Irrigation Cable Repair To 13th Fairway

A replacement cable for an irrigation sprinkler head on the 13th fairway is required and will involve trenching across the fairway. Once laid, the fairway will be made good, but will be marked as GUR until the replaced turf has tied back in.


Driving Range Tee

The driving range tee will be closed after the Easter period for maintenance. This will involve the verticutting and overseeding of the tee surface. This is the optimum time for establishing new seed, which will improve the recovery rate of the playing surface.

As previously advised:

“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