Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter May



May 2017



Dear Member / Property Owner,


Following on from the Golf Course Superintendent’s News Letter sent to you in February, we are pleased to be able to give you an update on the works carried out in March and April and to inform you of the schedule of works which shall take place in May 2017.



Greens hollow coring


The program of hollow coring the greens was adjusted due to mechanical issues but was completed on schedule, Wednesday 26th April.


Tee Steps


The worn railway sleeper steps on holes 3, 6, 10 and 11 were replaced to improve aesthetics and safety.




The program of verti-draining (solid tine aerification) the fairways has not taken place.


Solid Tining Greens


The program of solid tining the greens was completed on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th March.


13th Tee Maintenance


The area of dense trees and shrubs are being cleared to improve air movement and reduce shade by the 13th Ladies tees. The work is on going.  Damaged trees behind the 13th Championship tees were also removed.



Renovation of Golf Academy Green Side Practice Bunker

Due to other scheduled maintenance programs, the renovation of the bunker has not taken place.





Driving Range Closure


The driving range will be closed on Monday 8th May, with a planned reopening scheduled for Monday 22nd May. This temporary closure is required to allow for the introduction of a new sewerage and irrigation pipe that will be installed across the driving range. The putting and chipping greens will be open as normal.

We apologise for the inconvenience.



Greens Hollow Coring


The scheduled hollow coring of the greens on Monday 22nd May will be replaced by the use of the Air2G2*, previously tested at Desert Springs. This machine aerates the greens by injecting air into the soil profile. The process is extremely slow but effective. The aeration holes will be visual after aeration. Solid tining and sand topdressing will also take place during this process.


Bunker Edging and Compaction


The bunkers will be edged and the sand lip compacted to improve the appearance and playability of the bunkers.


Green’s Collar Turfing and Seeding


The Rye-grass green’s collars, over time, have become contaminated with different species of grasses that cannot be controlled chemically. This turf grass will be removed mechanically and new Rye grass turf will be placed.


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 hollow coring dates in 2017. These dates are subject to change due to weather conditions.


Monday 22nd May *see process update

Last Hollow Coring of the year: Date TBC


In Addition the Putting Green, Chipping Green and Driving Range Facility will be closed for hollow coring on a date to be confirmed.


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