Golf Course Maintenance


MARCH 2012


Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the ?The Golf Course Superintendent?s 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 2012.





Bunker Edging

The remaining bunkers to be edged on holes 3 and 5 have been completed.


Desert Hardpan Improvements

Since the introduction of the desert hardpan grading and rolling program, the playing conditions have been greatly improved as noted by our Members. The remaining desert hardpan areas on holes 1, 2, 16 and 18 will be cleared of naturally occurring desert plants, graded and rolled. Areas of the hardpan beyond that of the normal playing areas will be remain natural.


Solid Tining Greens

Due to the cold weather conditions we have experienced in February of this year, the solid tining of the greens has not taken place.


Verti Draining

The program of verti draining the fairways has commenced on Hole 15.


Distance Marker Posts

The 100m, 150m and 200m distance marker posts placed along the edges of the fairways to identify their respective distances to the front of each green have been resurveyed for distance. A wooden base has been located under each marker post. This will allow easy removal of stake during play, if needed, but more importantly will allow the correct replacement of the stake thereafter.







Verti Draining Fairways

The program of verti draining the 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. Disruption to play, as always, will be kept to an absolute minimum.


Hollow Coring Greens

As previously advised, please be reminded that the greens will be hollow cored on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th of March, with 6mm tines. 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 and The Golf Academy. This practice creates the required environment for strong vigorous roots to grow, the very essence of golf course maintenance.


2012 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 scheduled coring dates for 2012.

2nd and 3rd May
5th and 6th 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