Although sand bunkers only take up about a small portion of your course, they take up a large chunk of resources to maintain. However, a course without bunkers isn’t really a course at all, but you can cut down on the manpower it takes to keep up with maintenance through a bunker renovation. Yet, when does a bunker require renovation?
One of the largest factors in deciding if and when a bunker needs a renovation is its location. Does it get a lot of traffic? If it does, this causes it to have a shorter life cycle than other bunkers with owners having to clean out contaminated sand near every five years. Furthermore, it is not just sand that needs to be considered, you need to check to make sure there isn’t a build-up of silt in the drainage lines or contamination in the stone backfilling. Any of these can cause the bunker to retain water and in general look a little less than stellar.
While an ugly looking bunker is a reason enough to decide to renovate, there is one sign that you cannot put off and that is eroding edges. Bunkers tend to expand over time where the sand encroaches and it can start to warp the profile. While this can make it somewhat dangerous to walk near for golfers, it can also affect your green, and a patchy green is a very last thing you want. This is why bunkers should be renovated, at most, every ten years. No matter how diligent your maintenance team is, bunkers deteriorate, it is just what happens.
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