Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter December



December 2016


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 2016.


Hollow Coring Greens

The greens were solid tined and topdressed heavily as part of the yearly aerification program. The solid tining has helped the greens recover quicker in the cooler weather experienced in the early part of November. The greens have totally recovered.


Hollow Coring Collars

The hollow coring of the green’s collars was completed as per the schedule. This aerification program has helped the collars recover after the summer months.


Hollow Coring Green’s Approaches

Due to maintenance scheduling, the hollow coring of the approaches has been delayed until after the golf events in November and early December.



18th Green Approach

The 18th green approach will continue to be closed to all trolley and machinery traffic. The approach and collars are now showing signs of recovery after restricting golf trolley and machinery traffic. The approach and green complex surround are now only being cut with pedestrian mowers to reduce mechanical stress to turf grass. Once a strong turf grass stand has established and the collar has completely recovered, the movement of golf traffic can be assessed. The approach is not GUR but restricting additional traffic wear will improve its recovery rate.


Verti Draining Fairways

The program of verti-draining 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.


Hollow Coring Approaches

The green’s approaches will be hollow cored, topdressed and overseeded. These procedures will help reduce soil compaction and improve both turf grass quality and playing conditions in front of each green.


Sprinkler Heads

As a consequence of maintenance 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.


2017 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 2017. These dates are subject to change once the golfing calendar is confirmed for 2017.


Monday 24th April

Monday 16th May

Monday 6th November


In Addition the Putting Green, Chipping Green and Driving Range Facility will be closed for hollow coring on Wednesday 26th April 2017, Wednesday 18th May 2017 and Wednesday 8th November 2017.

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