Golf Course Maintenance



November 2015



Dear Member / Property Owner,


Following on from the Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter sent to you in September, 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 October, 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 November 2015.





Annual Golf Course Overseeding and Sand Topdressing Program


Additional overseeding and sand topdressing has been continued as per the schedule throughout the golf course.


Golf Course Landscaping Improvements

The scheme for planting additional Palm Trees on hole 18, strategically positioned running up and along the right hand side of the hole; with the aim of preventing an errant hit golf shot ending up out of bounds entering properties, will now be carried out in January 2016.


Fairway Edging

The Edging of the all fairways and green complexes on the golf course have been completed as per the schedule.


Bunker Sand Placement

The Bunker sand placement has been completed as per the golf maintenance schedule.





Hollow Coring Greens

As previously advised, please be reminded that the greens will be hollow cored on Monday 9th November and the practice area will be closed on Wednesday 12th November until 3pm. 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.


Hollow Coring and Overseeding Tees

The tees will be hollow cored and overseeded to reduce soil compaction, improve air and water movement throughout the soil profile and enhance the playing surfaces. This maintenance program will take three weeks to complete. During this time tee markers may be moved to adjacent tees so that work can continue uninterrupted.



Annual Golf Course Verti-Cutting and Sand Topdressing Program

The maintenance program of verti-cutting and sand topdressing will commence in November on all rye grass areas of the golf course to improve the turf quality and density after the summer months. During this time a local rule of “preferred lies” will be introduced. The reception staff will be updated with the golf course conditions on a daily basis. The program will take 3 weeks to complete.


Sprinkler Heads

As a consequence of maintenance topdressing programs, the sprinkler heads gradually over time become lower than the turf playing surface. The golf course maintenance staff will be raising the sprinkler heads 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.


2016 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 new hollow coring dates in 2016.


Monday 11th April

Monday 16th May

Monday 7th November


In Addition the Putting Green, Chipping Green and Driving Range Facility will be closed for hollow coring on Wednesday 13th April 2016, Wednesday 18th May 2016 and Wednesday 9th November 2016.



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