Golf Course Maintenance

MARCH 2010


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 2010.




4th Tee Complex – Irrigation Changes

The new irrigation system to the Men’s tee has been completed. The ice plants that surround the tees had spread their roots into the tee surface. These plants have been cut back and root pruned.


Solid Tining Greens

The greens were solid tined as per the maintenance schedule.


Verti Draining Fairways

The programme of fairway verti draining of hole numbers 1, 5, 6, 16, and 18 has been completed.






4th Tee Complex – Irrigation Changes

The irrigation work to the Ladies tee will be completed in March. Where turfgrass has been lost due to root encroachment from the surrounding ice plants, new turf defining the tee surround and tee surface will be introduced.


Solid Tining Greens

The greens will be solid tined with 5 mm pencil tines. These holes are only open (noticeable) for the first 2 days. This program will continue during the growing season. There is hardly any noticeable effect to the playing quality of the greens surface.


Verti Draining Fairways

The program of verti-draining the remaining fairways will continue throughout March. This particular aspect of course maintenance is both extremely necessary and time consuming, so we ask you to please bear with us until its completion.


Cactus Removal Hole 7

The Agave americana which have, over time, grown to such an extent whereby they have encroached upon the playability of the hole on the right hand side of the 7th fairway, will be removed and strategically replanted. During this time there will be machinery working along side the fairway. Disruption to play, as always, will be kept to an absolute minimum.


Greens Hollow Coring Dates For 2010

In the knowledge that all property owners and members need to have as much notice as possible concerning 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 coring dates for 2010.


April 26th & 27th
May 20th & 21st
November 8th & 9th

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