Golf Course Maintenance

MAY 2011


Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents News Letter’ sent to you in March 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 April, 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 May 2011.




Hard Pan Grading & Rolling

Additional grading and rolling of the desert hard pan on the Indiana golf course has been completed.


Irrigation Changes to Fairway 16 & Green Surround 15

The changes to make the irrigation system more efficient have been completed on hole 16. The newly laid turf on the fairway has been provisionally marked as GUR. The initial irrigation work to the 15th green surround has taken place.


Verti Draining Fairways

The programme of verti draining the Indiana course fairways has been completed.


Golf Course Landscaping Improvements

The improvement works to the golf course landscaping areas has continued with the clearing of plant material in the dry wadi on hole 10 and hole 12, the area behind the 11th green and the Tee 3.


New Green Approaches

In April, two additional green approaches were introduced on holes 2 and 13. These areas have been top-dressed and will become denser as the frequency of cut increases at the lower height of cut. Their introduction will help improve the playability and aesthetics of the hole.






Hollow coring greens

As previously advised, please be reminded that the greens will be hollow cored on Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th May. 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.


Hard Pan Grading & Rolling

Areas of the desert hard pan within close proximity of the fairways will be graded and rolled to improve their playability. ‘Winter Rules’ must be applied to any players’ golf ball that comes to rest in a desert hard pan area where this work is being carried out.


Irrigation Changes to Green Surround 15

To improve the uniformity of the irrigation coverage, additional sprinkler heads will be placed on green surround 15. During this time, trenching work across the turf playing surface will be needed. As always, disruption to play will be kept to a bare minimum. Golf reception will keep golfers updated of the works being carried out.


2011 Greens Hollow Coring Dates

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 2011.

7th & 8th November

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

José Ignacio Olea
Golf Operations Manager


Anthony Brooks
Golf Course Superintendent


For further information contact: Golf Reception
Telephone: +34  637 861 591