What some may not realize is that sand has a natural tendency to “age,” for lack of a better word. The main cause of this aging is the gradual and repeated introduction of contaminants over long periods of time. Because of runoff, detritus from the dirt, as well as materials such as clay and silt will leak into your bunkers. Eventually, it will significantly change the consistency of the sand. It will also affect the appearance of the bunker.
Eventually, every bunker will need to have its sand replaced. When that time comes, the project is a considerable investment of both time and money. Fortunately, while you cannot avoid the task forever, you can delay that point considerably by performing proper bunker maintenance and guarding measures. Here are some things you can do to extend the life of your bunkers.
Strategic installation of drains helps guard against the washing of sand out of the bunker’s bottom. The act of throwing washed out sand back into the bunker greatly accelerates the process of building up the impurities that cause the aging.
Frequently measure the depth of sand in your bunker to make sure you have a thick enough layer. The sand should be at least 5 inches deep, for both functional and aesthetic purposes. This is ideally done after hand or power raking to make sure the depth is uniform.
When it is time to have your bunker sand replaced, do not skimp on the quality of the sand to save a little money in the short term. The labor involved in this task will mean time and money. It is preferable to pay the extra cash for a resilient sand of good quality so it may last longer.
Finally, when replacing your sand, do not do so by purchasing one or two inches worth of new sand and dumping it on top of the old. This will only improve play and aesthetics for a short time period, and you will end up paying more in the long run for frequent dumping of the product as well as a bigger replacement job with several extra inches of built-up sand.
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