Golf Course Superintendent Newsletter February






Dear Member / Property Owner,

Following on from the Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter sent to you in January, 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, 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 February 2020.


14th Hole Landscaping

The golf maintenance teams have been working on clearing and tidying the landscape areas of the 14th hole. The area behind the tees is now complete. The cleaning of the overgrown areas will both improve the aesthetics of the hole and help to reduce the amount of rabbits that have caused damage to the playing surfaces.

Hollow Coring Collars

The hollow coring of the green’s collars has been completed. The collars were also sand topdressed to improve the surface drainage and smoothness.

Verti Draining Fairways

The programme of verti draining the fairways commenced on Hole 7.

Scarifying Tees

The scarifying and sand topdressing of the Professional Tees commenced and will continue into the first week of February.

Bunker Face Renovation

The bunker renovation programme will commence in February.



Bunker Face Renovation

Many of the bunker faces/slopes on the golf course need to be renovated to improve grass density. Over time sand is deposited on the bunker faces from windy weather conditions and bunker shots. This continuous topdressing of sand creates a deep sand profile where grass cannot thrive during the summer months due to the accelerated drainage rate within the sand profile. The excess sand will be removed, the bunker faces reshaped back to the original soil profile and turfed. The work will continue through to May before the summer heat prevents successful turf establishment.

14th Hole Landscaping

The golf maintenance teams will continue to clear and prune the overgrown landscaping areas of the 14th hole. The area behind the 14th green will be the next area to be cleaned.

Scarifying Tees

The Professional Tees will be scarified and sand topdressed to improve the divot recovery after the professional tournaments held in October & November 2019.

Verti Draining Fairways

The aeration of the fairways by verti-draining will continue. This particular aspect of golf course maintenance is both extremely necessary and time consuming, so we ask you to please bear with us until it’s completion. Disruption to play, as always, will be kept to an absolute minimum.

Fairway Sand topdressing

The fairways will be topdressed with a sand and soil amendment mix to improve the quality of the root zone both from a drainage and growing environment perspective. Weak areas of the fairways will be overseeded.

2020 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 affect the playing conditions of the green’s surface, thus enabling them to plan particular holidays accordingly, please see below the hollow coring dates in 2020.

Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd April

Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd June

Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September

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 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,



Malcolm Lacey                                                                                     Anthony Brooks

Golf Operations Manager                                                                   Golf Course Superintendent