Previously termed as a hazard, golf course bunkers are specifically designed to test a player’s ability to play a ball from the sand. Bunkers are developed in a variety of shapes and depths. Typically filled with sand, a bunker has several nicknames which describe a golfer’s fondness for the challenge: trap, beach, sandbox, or cat box. For progressive courses, renovating bunkers can ensure that the game continues to advance.
Types of Bunkers
Bunkers are typically defined by their location on the golf course, however the shape, size, and depth of the bunker affects the obstacle’s play ability. Aesthetics of a bunker are important to overall course design yet, functionality and maintenance are key factors when renovating. Common types of bunkers include:
- Fairway bunkers are located along the sides or down the center of the fairway. These bunkers may force golfers to direct their shot over the obstacle.
- Greenside bunkers are located along the greens. These areas are intended to collect wayward attempts.
- Waste bunkers are large, naturally sandy areas located on link courses. These areas are not considered obstacles, so golfers are permitted to remove loose material prior to taking a shot.
- Pot bunkers are small, deep areas located on link courses.
Bunkers are generally filled with sand. The contour and depth of a bunker is both aesthetically pleasing to the golf course and poses a challenge to golfers’ skills. Taking too much or too little sand can influence the distance and direction of a golfer’s shot.
Water obstacles enhance the beauty of the course. Water can increase the difficulty of the shot by forcing the golfer to hit over the obstacle but may also run laterally to the fairway intended to collect wayward attempts.
Areas of depressed, thick grass also pose an obstacle on a course. These areas are related to the rough.
Advance your course with a Fusion Golf bunker renovation, and keep golfers practicing mastering the game!