Golf Course Superintendent Newsletter May




MAY 2019


Dear Member / Property Owner,


Following on from the Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter sent to you in April, 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 May 2019.



Golf Course Bunkers


The green side bunker on the first hole has been renovated by the removal of the excessive sand from the bunker faces, regraded to the original soil contour and turfed. Once established the new turf will enhance the playability and improve maintenance practices.


Landscaping Projects


The project of introducing new plant material from the cactus nursery around the golf course will be on-going throughout the summer months. Disruption to play will be keep to an absolute minimum.


Rabbit Fence


The installation of an additional 5,000m of rabbit fences has almost been completed. The rabbit capture company will return to the golf course in June and July to continue with the capture program.


Hollow Coring Fairways


The remaining hollow coring of the fairways 5, 10, 11, and 16 has been completed. The fairways have also been topdressed for a second time to improve the surface drainage of the fairways.



Greens hollow coring


As previously advised, please be reminded that the greens will be hollow cored on Tuesday 7th May and the practice area will be closed on Wednesday 8th May until 17:00hrs. 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. This practice creates the required environment for strong vigorous roots to grow, the very essence of golf course maintenance.


Landscaping Projects


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.


New Putting Green


In collaboration with the European Tour, Desert Springs will be constructing a new putting green at the Golf Academy. The new 450sq.m putting green will be located between the driving range tee and the existing putting green, to provide greater flexibility to both European Tour players as well as Members and guests when practicing. The project of works will consist of the removal and relocation of existing plant material and rocks to allow space for the USGA specification green to be built. The area will be fenced off during this time. The new green will be seeded with A4 Creeping bent grass with a rye grass collar in keeping with the existing greens of the Indiana course. The construction works of the green will take approximately 4 weeks to complete.

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 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