GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Member / Property Owner,
Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents News Letter’ sent to you in July 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 August, 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 September 2012.
AUGUST COURSE MAINTENANCE UPDATE
The preventative application of fungicides to help safeguard and protect the course against strong summer turf grass diseases has been completed as per the schedule. The monthly spray program will be ongoing throughout the summer months.
The programme of hand watering the greens and tees continued as per the schedule.
Hydro Jet Greens
The schedule of Hydro-Jetting the greens has been completed as per the schedule.
Bermuda Grass Encroachment
Men’s Tees 1, 11, 17 and Ladies tees 1, 4, 5, 16, 18 and Championship tees on holes 4, 6, 17 and 18 have been sprayed with their first application of Roundup.
Unión Deportiva Almeria Football Training Camp at Desert Springs
A squad of 25 players and thirteen officials from Unión Deportiva Almería (Almeria Football Club) – which currently competes in Liga Adelante (Spanish Division Two) returned to the Desert Springs Resort for the second consecutive year to enjoy the facilities of the Desert Springs Football Academy for their pre-season training camp between Monday 23rd – Tuesday 31st July.
Speaking of the teams experience at Desert Springs, The Club’s new Manager, Javi Gracia remarked:
“I knew that UD Almería had already used Desert Springs last year, and as we have repeated this year, then something must be working well!
The playing surface and thickness of the grass was just perfect, and the daily assistance of the maintenance crew has made a difference.
Our accommodation at the community of Las Sierras was very quiet and convenient for us, providing a lot of privacy with no disruptions.
The Food and Beverage was perfect; all of the dietary requirements were followed strictly, the food was ready on time every day, the quality was phenomenal, the Resort staff were fantastic and we have felt very well attended.
I have been very comfortable at Desert Springs and would certainly consider it for a future Pre-Season Training Camp. Other Resorts may have more pitches, but at Desert Springs we are not forced to train at certain times and we feel very welcome. The players seem to be very comfortable and they take it for granted that we will be back!”
SEPTEMBER COURSE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME
The preventative fungicide spraying program of all grass areas will continue in September. 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.
Bermuda grass Encroachment
During the summer months warm season grasses flourish and encroach into the playable surfaces of the golf course. The second and third applications of a non-selective herbicide will be used to treat men’s tees 1, 11 and 17; Ladies tees 1, 4, 5, 16, and 18 and the Championship Tee of holes 4, 6, 17 and 18. The small areas sprayed will turn white and have a dry appearance. The affected areas will be turfed in late September.
Annual Golf Course Overseeding and Sand Topdressing Program
The overseeding and sand topdressing program will commence on Monday 10th September on all rye grass areas of the golf course to help improve turf quality and density after the summer months. During this time a local rule of “preferred lies” will be introduced. The reception staff will be updated with the golf course conditions on a daily basis.
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 remaining scheduled coring date for 2012.
5th and 6th November*
*In Addition the Putting Green, Chipping Green and Driving Range Tee will be closed for hollow coring on Wednesday 7th 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 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.
Kind regards, Kind regards,
José Ignacio Olea Anthony Brooks
Golf Operations Manager Golf Course Superintendent
For further information contact: Golf Reception
Tel: +34 637 861 591