Dear Member / Property Owner,
Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents News Letter’ sent to you in April 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 May, 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 June 2010.
MAY COURSE MAINTENANCE UPDATE
Hollow Coring Greens
Due to adverse turfgrass and climatic factors the greens were not hollow cored. Strong hot winds and high temperatures slowed the greens recovery rate after April’s hollow coring. It would have been counterproductive to have hollow cored the greens as per the schedule. The greens have now fully recovered from the April’s coring programme. The greens will be hydro jetted in June to compensate for the missed scheduled of coring the greens. There will be no long term detriment to the health or playability of the greens.
Hollow Coring Tees
As with the greens, it was not ideal to core the tees at the time.
Verti Draining Fairways
The program of verti draining has proceeded as per the schedule.
Desert Hard Pan
The program of removing undesirable plants near playing areas has been completed on holes 4, 7, 10, & 11.
JUNE COURSE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME
Verti Draining Fairways
The program of verti draining the fairways will continue throughout June. 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.
Desert Hard Pan
As previously advised, after a very mild and wet winter, with, to date, two years of rain fall recorded since October 2009, the naturally occurring desert plants are now encroaching into the playing areas of the desert hardpan. We have begun the removal of these plants and shall continue through holes 9, 13, 3 & 18. Areas of the hardpan beyond that of the normal playing areas will be remain as natural areas.
The preventative fungicide spraying program of all grass areas will commence in June. This safeguard helps protect the course against strong summer turf grass diseases. Signs will be placed on fairway 1, green surround 1 and fairway 9 to remind all players that spraying is in progress. The reception staff will also advise players before play when spraying is in progress. Please remember to wash your hands after play.
Hydro Jet Greens
The greens will be aerified with the “Hydro Jet” machine. This system of aeration creates small pin sized air holes in the green by the use of high pressure water, reducing soil compaction and improving water movement throughout the soil profile. There will be no adverse effect to the quality of the green playing surface during this programme.
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 remaining scheduled coring dates for 2010.
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 www.almanzora.com 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.
For further information contact: Golf Reception
Telephone: +34 637 861 591