Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter February



February 2017


Dear Member / Property Owner,


Following on from the Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter sent to you in December, 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 January, 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 2017.



Edging Bunkers


The golf course maintenance teams have edged all the bunkers on the Indiana course as per the maintenance schedule.


Solid Tining Greens


The greens were solid tined on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th of January as part of the long-term aeration strategy.




The program of verti-draining the Indiana course fairways has started and will take a month to complete this important aeration work.


Sprinkler Heads


The raising and leveling of the golf course sprinkler heads will be on going and will take most of the year to complete.




Verti-Draining Fairways


The program of verti-draining the fairways will continue throughout February. This particular aspect of 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.



Solid Tining Greens


The Indiana course greens will be solid tined twice per month, weather permitting, 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.


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 due to weather conditions.


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