27 Feb 2018

The Importance of Proper Golf-Course Bunker Construction

It’s a staggering prospect to understand what goes into bunker construction, and the ways to properly create a well functioning bunker for your game. But luckily, we have some tips and info that will hopefully enlighten you on what’s needed for your bunker, but more importantly, why hiring well-trained professionals is an integral part of improving the quality of your golf-course:

The Importance of Proper Golf-Course Bunker Construction

1. Drainage

You want your bunker to be dry and not at all impeding with the game. Rain, snow and various elements can impair and cause problems with soil, creating buildup and clogs. In order to rid yourself of this surface-level buildup, a drainage system is not only necessary, it’s an absolutely critical aspect in keeping a bunker free from potential destruction.

2. Bunker Liners

These bunker liners exist to function primarily as protectors of sand. The chances that those clogs and build-ups previously mentioned will do harm can be decreased if a quality liner is used. It prevents soil from contaminating or eroding the sand.

3. Sand Maintenance 

You want your bunker to be not only functional, but also aesthetically pleasing. In order to achieve that nice, rich-sand look, there are a few maintenance measures that are taken:

  • Properly raking your sand often for a clean look
  • Keep sand off the edge; this results in a poorly defined bunker
  • Repair divets that have damaged soil

These are just a few methods that keep bunkers on your golf course looking professional and pristine. If you’d like to start construction on a golf-course bunker, or if you’re looking to overhaul one, please contact us today for principled and professional construction.

22 Feb 2018

Extend the Life of Your Bunkers With Proper Maintenance

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.

Extend the Life of Your Bunkers With Proper Maintenance

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.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.