Golf Course Maintenance


Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the ‘The Golf Course Superintendents 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 2008.


Reinstatement of Original Men’s and Ladies Tees

The Men’s and Ladies Tees will now revert back to their original position resulting in the Men’s Tee of the day measuring 306 Metres and the Ladies Tee of the day 288 Metres.

The white directional marker post has been relocated a further 10 Metres to the right.

Protective netting has been positioned behind Santa Rosa Springs amongst some of the existing washingtonia palm trees. Planting of further washintonias to limit the visual impact of the netting will be introduced within this area.

Following the introduction of these measures, golf ball activity either side of the fairway will continue to be monitored with a view to taking further measures to improve the visual appearance of the hole.

Verti Draining Fairways

The programme of verti draining the fairways has continued as per the schedule and shall continue into the New Year. 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.
Solid Tining greens

The greens have been solid tined as per the schedule and there has been hardly any noticeable effect to the playing quality of the greens.


Verti Draining Fairways

We shall continue to verti-drain (aerify) 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 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.

Hole 2 Cart Track Modification

The cart track that runs behind the 2nd green will be lowered to accommodate a new landscaping project. It is anticipated that these works will take two weeks to complete. During this time a temporary cart track will be placed to the left hand side of the green complex.

2nd Hole Landscaping

During July of last year, in accordance with the planting plan, further mature palm trees were positioned running up and along the left hand side of the hole to discourage the player from attempting a shot that is likely to end up out of bounds, to encourage them to aim to the right and to create a degree of protection. The introduction of the remaining plant material has been deferred to the next planting period in the Spring / Summer of 2008, along with the relocation of the cart track and widening of the green approach to the right.

Edging Bunkers

The maintenance teams will be edging the bunkers on the 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.

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 particular programme 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
Director of Golf
  Anthony Brooks
Golf Course Superintendent

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