Golf Course Maintenance






Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter’ sent to you in November 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 December, 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 January 2014.





Annual Golf Course Overseeding and Sand Topdressing Program


New green rope and stakes have been placed around seeded areas of the golf course, to help control golf traffic that disrupts seed germination.


Verti Draining Fairways


Verti-draining has been completed on holes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15 and the football pitch.


Bunker Edging


All the bunkers on the course were successfully edged as per the maintenance schedule


Driving Range


Renovation work to the driving range facilities has started with the replacement of the driving range roof material.  





Driving Range


The renovation work to improve the condition of the Driving Range facilities will continue. This will include repair of the driving range roof, repair of the wooden bays and replacement of some of the mats that are damaged. During the month we will close off the areas we are working on for safety for all players and to be able to execute the work efficiently.


Verti Draining Fairways


The programme of verti-draining (aerification) the fairways will continue into January. 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.


Bunker Renovation and Edging


The maintenance teams will be edging bunkers and adjusting sand depths to meet specification. This will continue to enhance and define the aesthetic appearance of the golf course. Any bunker being worked on will be deemed ground under repair.


Solid Tining Greens


The greens will be solid tined twice per month, weather permitting, with 5mm pencil tines. These holes are only open (noticeable) for the first 2 days thereafter. Increasing oxygen uptake to the root system will reduce the negative impact of accumulated salts within the soil profile. There is no noticeable effect to the playing quality of the greens surface.


2014 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 hollow coring dates for 2014.


Monday 28th April

Monday 10th November


In Addition the Putting Green, Chipping Green and Driving Range Facility will be closed for hollow coring on first Wednesday respectively until 3pm.


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 calendar, format and any additions, information of how to enter, and much, much more by visiting either our official website  or by contacting the golf reception at Desert Springs.


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,



            Martin Brännström                         Anthony Brooks                                 

            Golf Operations Manager                Golf Course Superintendent