Dear Member / Property Owner,
Following on from the Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter sent to you in February, 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 March, 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 April 2015.
MARCH COURSE MAINTENANCE UPDATE
The program of verti-draining the Indiana course’s fairways has been completed.
Bunker Renovation And Turfing
The turfing of the bunker faces and edges has been completed on holes 2, 3, 9, 10, 12 and 17. Holes 1, 5, 6 and 16 are the remaining holes to be completed.
Solid Tining Greens
The program of solid tining the greens has been completed.
Tee Sand topdressing, Verti-cutting and Overseeding
The program of sand topdressing, verti cutting and overseeding the tees has been completed as per the schedule.
Hole 1 Landscaping Maintenance
The golf course landscaping team has started the program of plant pruning on hole number 1.
APRIL COURSE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
Hollow Coring Greens
As previously advised, please be reminded that the greens will be hollow cored on Monday 20th April and the practice area will be closed on Wednesday 22nd April until 4pm. The hollow coring of the greens is a maintenance practice which is scheduled each year to both maintain and enhance the playing quality of the putting surfaces with which we are accustomed at The Indiana. This practice creates the required environment for strong vigorous roots to grow, the very essence of golf course maintenance.
Bunker Renovation and Turfing
Many of the bunker edges, over time, have lost their definition and need rebuilding with new turf. White half moon metal stakes have been used to identify these areas throughout the golf course. During establishment, these areas will be roped off to help establishment of the new turf.
Hole 1 Landscaping Maintenance
The plumbagos (the blue flowering bushes) down the right hand side of hole one, will be pruned to help the plant regenerate new shoots, producing a healthier plant and new flowers. This heavy pruning will also allow us to assess the general landscaping design and gain access to prune other plants. No plants, unless dead are going to be removed. The pruning will greatly improve the aesthetics and appearance of the housing interface. The pruning will also expose seeds to sunlight, so we will actually gain plants. The pruning will also allow us to assess the population of the rabbits and remove them, therefore, the plants will be healthier after pruning, and the fairway quality will also improve.
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 remaining hollow coring dates for 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 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 www.almanzora.com 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,