Golf Course Maintenance

Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents News Letter’ sent to you in October 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 November, 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 December 2007.


Hollow Coring Green 18

Hollow coring of the 18th Green was completed to test the feasibility of late autumn coring and to record the recovery rate during this time so that future coring dates may possibly be scheduled later in the year so as not to coincide with popular playing periods. This trial has gone well and will be reflected in next autumns coring schedule.

Hollow Coring Traffic Area
All entrance and exit points of the green complexes that required extra aeration due to high traffic have been hollow cored, topdressed and overseeded. White half moon metal stakes identifying these areas of completed maintenance will remain out on the course until they have totally recovered.

Hole 2 Cart Track Modification
Due to the additional work being carried out in Lake nº1, this work has been rescheduled for the New Year.

Hollow Coring Tees
As a consequence of low ambient soil temperatures having been experienced, this maintenance works schedule has been deferred to a later date.

Verti Draining Fairways
The programme of verti draining the fairways has begun as per the schedule and shall continue into the New Year. This particular aspect of course maintenance is extremely time consuming, so we ask you to please bear with us until its completion.

Topdressing and Over-Seeding Fairways
The fairways have been topdressed and overseeded as per the schedule.



Verti Draining Fairways

We shall continue to verti-drain(aerifiy) the fairways. This programme helps to improve both soil compaction and air and water movement throughout the soil profile.

Solid Tining Greens
The greens are now being solid tined on a ten-day schedule with 5mm pencil tines. These holes are only open (noticeable) for the first 2 days thereafter. During this time, by aiding the flushing of the salts with freshwater hand watering and increasing oxygen uptake to the root system, the negative impact of accumulated salts throughout the summer period within the soil profile is reduced. This maintenance programme will continue during the growing season. There is hardly any noticeable effect to the playing quality of the greens surface.

Important Maintenance Schedule For 2008
In the knowledge that all property owners and members need to have as much notice as possible with respect to 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 dates for ‘Greens Hollow Coring’ during 2008:

• April 22nd & 23rd
• May 20th & 21st
• October 28th & 29th

This 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,

Simon Coaker Anthony Brooks
Director of Golf Golf Course Superintendent

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