Golf Course Maintenance



December 2015


Dear Member / Property Owner,


Following on from the Golf Course Superintendent’s 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 2015.




Hollow Coring Greens

The hollow coring of all the greens on the Indiana course have been successfully completed as per the maintenance program. The green’s playing surfaces have already recovered from this important maintenance procedure.


Hollow Coring and Overseeding Tees

The tees have been scarified, overseeded  and topdressed to reduce soil compaction, improve air and water movement throughout the soil profile and enhance the playing surfaces. All the tees surfaces have been completed as per the maintenance schedule.


Annual Golf Course Verti-Cutting and Sand Topdressing Program

The maintenance program of verti-cutting and sand topdressing has been postponed until the spring of next year.


Sprinkler Heads

The raising and leveling of the golf course sprinkler heads will be on going and will take many months to complete.



Verti Draining Fairways

The program of verti-draining (solid tine aerification) the fairways will start in December. This particular aspect of golf 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.


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.



Green’s Collar Turfing

The Rye grass green’s collars, over time,  have become contaminate with different species of grasses that cannot be controlled chemically. This turf grass will be removed mechanically and new Rye grass turf will be placed. Green’s collars 18, 17 and the chipping green are the most affected.


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