GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Member / Property Owner,
Following on from the Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter sent to you in May, 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 June 2019.
MAY COURSE MAINTENANCE UPDATE
Greens Hollow Coring
The greens were hollow cored as per the maintenance schedule. Hollow coring is an essential part of golf course maintenance in order to maintain fast and firm putting surfaces throughout the year.
The project of introducing new plant material from the cactus nursery around the golf course has started with the initial clearing of the cactus nursery off site. In the coming weeks plants will be planted on the golf course.
New Putting Green
The construction of the new putting green has started. The putting green location has been fenced off, cleared of debris and the existing plant material transplanted within the practice area. The putting green surface and surround has been shaped and a new dry river bed has been incorporated into the design to direct storm water away from the putting green surface. The main line irrigation pipe and electric cables have been installed crossing the cart track in two locations.
JUNE COURSE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME
New Putting Green
The construction of the new putting green will continue. The green will be drained and rootzone placed and fine graded before seeding. Irrigation heads will be installed around the edge of the green. In keeping with the existing greens of the Indiana course, the new green will be seeded with A4 Creeping bent grass with a rye grass collar.
New plant material will be introduced around the golf course as we start to clear the stock held at our cactus nursery in Las Cunas. Some of the cactus are very big and will be transported onto the golf course with trucks. Disruption to play will be keep to an absolute minimum.
Solid Tining Greens
The Indiana golf greens will be solid tined with 5mm pencil tines. These holes are only open (noticeable) for the first 2 days, increasing oxygen uptake to the root system, which will reduce the negative impact of accumulated salts within the soil profile. There is no noticeable effect to the playing quality of the green’s surface.
Hand Watering Greens and Tees
Throughout the summer months hand watering of the greens and tees will take place. Please be advised that this is an essential part of summer course maintenance to improve soil moisture consistency and reduce water use. Hand watering cannot be stopped during play for this reason.
2019 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 remaining hollow coring date in 2019.
- Monday 23rd September
In addition, the Putting Green, Chipping Green and Driving Range Facility will be closed for hollow coring on Wednesday 25th September 2019.
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.desertspringsresort.es or by contacting the golf reception at Desert Springs.
We and the staff at Desert Springs look 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