GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT
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, 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 2019.
OCTOBER COURSE MAINTENANCE UPDATE
New Putting Green
The new putting green will be open on Tuesday 5th November for the 1st Practice Round of the European Qualifying School Stage 2. The green will remain open for Members and Public play after the event.
Annual Golf Course Overseeding Program
The overseeding of the golf course on all rye areas has been completed. Additional seeding will take place on areas that have been slow to recover.
Bermuda Grass Encroachment
Following the successful second application of a non-selective herbicide, new rye grass turf has been placed on the 2nd green collar, 11th green collar, 12th green surround, 15th green surround, 17th green collar and the 18th approach.
Golf Course Maintenance
The golf course maintenance teams have been working additional hours during October to prepare the course for the PGA Europro Tour Championships and European Qualifying School Stage 2. The maintenance teams will continue to work on improving the condition of the golf course after the events. An outside contractor has pruned a total of 240 Washingtonia palm trees on the 17th and 18th hole. Pruning of holes 2, 14, 15 and 16 have been scheduled to take place next year.
18th Green Approach
The 18th approach has recovered and is open again to all golf trolleys.
NOVEMBER COURSE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME
Hollow Coring Fairways
The priority will be establishing full grass coverage to the damaged areas of the fairways after the summer months and areas damaged by rabbits, through hollow coring, sand topdressing and overseeding the fairways.
Golf Course Greens
The greens will be solid tined and topdressed to help aerate the soil profile. The greens will be watered heavily to help flush the accumulation of salts within the upper soil profile. The 8th Green and the old putting green will be hollow cored with large diameter tines to allow new sand to be incorporated into the soil profile to improve grass density within isolated weak areas.
Hollow Coring Collars
The golf course collars will be hollow cored, sand topdressed and additional seeding will take place to improve the turf grass density.
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 provisional hollow coring dates in 2020.
Tuesday 21st April May – TBC November – TBC
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 www.desertspringsresort.es 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