Dear Member / Property Owner,
Following on from 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 2015.
DECEMBER COURSE MAINTENANCE UPDATE
Hollow Coring and Overseeding Tees
The remaining tees on holes 1, 2, 3, 17 and 18 have been hollow cored and completed as per the golf course maintenance schedule.
The program of verti-draining the Indiana course fairways has commenced on hole 15.
The back to back sprinkler heads on golf greens 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 and12 have been raised to the correct turf level, to improve irrigation water coverage.
Annual Golf Course Overseeding and Sand Topdressing Program
Additional overseeding and sand topdressing has continued as per the schedule throughout the golf course. Areas will be roped off in certain locations of the golf course to help control golf traffic that disrupts seed germination.
JANUARY COURSE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
The maintenance teams will be edging the bunkers on the Indiana golf course. 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.
The program of verti-draining the fairways will continue throughout 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.
The golf course maintenance staff will continue to raise the sprinkler heads around the golf course to improve irrigation water coverage and uniformity. Please be aware that this schedule of works will continue whilst golfers are playing, however staff will be protected from golf balls by protective netting.
Solid Tining Greens
The Indiana golf 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, increasing oxygen uptake to the root system, which will reduce the negative impact of accumulated salts within the soil profile. There is no noticeable effect to the playing quality of the green’s surface.
2015 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 green’s surface, thus enabling them to plan particular holidays accordingly, please see below the hollow coring dates for 2015.
Monday 20th April, 2015
Monday 11th May, 2015
Monday 9th November, 2015
In Addition the Putting Green, Chipping Green and Driving Range Facility will be closed for hollow coring on Wednesday 22nd April, Wednesday 13th May and Wednesday 11th November, 2015.
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,
Alfonso Castiñeira Anthony Brooks
Golf Operations Manager Golf Course Superintendent