27 Jun 2019

Steps for Sand Bunker Renovation (Part One)

Eventually, every golf course owner faces the need to rebuild or renovate their course. When this happens the managers of the course need to decide whether or not the existing bunkers are still doing their job according to USGA guidelines. The sand bunker renovations should adhere to their guidelines as well. Is their sand contaminated? Has the construction deteriorated to a significant degree? Do they have proper drainage? This evaluation of the bunkers is a vital preparatory step.

Steps for Sand Bunker Renovation (Part One)

Contact Your Architect

Before taking into serious consideration any sand bunker renovations you have in mind, it is wise to involve your primary architect in the project. There aren’t many superintendents who can craft bunkers with the same skill as your architect. Their artful execution of bunker design is one of the main factors that can drive golfers to choose your course. An experienced architect knows how to balance the artistic aspects with player challenge level. Make sure your bunker designs are up to date, or other courses may begin to look more appealing to golfers.

Remove the Sand and Identify the Bunker Edges

Sand can become contaminated over time, and old sand can look unappealing. The sand and other material must be removed before the bunker edge can be identified, as it is possible for soil and other matter to obscure them. By probing and digging, the original bunker edge can be found, sometimes a few feet away from the current edge.

Dig to Restore the Original Shape

Use a mechanical loader to dig the bunker back to it’s original shape. Greens side bunkers tend to accumulate sand on the green due to shots towards the cup from the sand. Take the section of green down to its original level. This will keep the edge of the bunker edge from decaying. The sod and soil may need replacement around the edge during this step.

Contact us at Fusion Golf for all of your golf course construction and renovation needs. Read part two of this article set for the remaining steps for sand bunker renovation.

14 Jun 2019

Benefits of Bunker Renovation

Although sand bunkers are not the ideal place to be hitting from, they are a key feature of golf courses and need treatment as such. Bunkers are affected through usage, weather conditions and contamination; causing loss of contoured edges and create drainage problems. On any course, bunker renovation will have to occur. By proper course maintenance, a renovation will give your guest consistency in their game and make your course memorable. Here are some benefits of undergoing bunker renovation:

Benefits of Bunker Renovation

Regaining original shape of a bunker: Bunkers that are shallow and designed to give easier visibility for guests will be more acceptable to erosion than deeper bunks. By regaining the bunkers original shape and deeper depth, it gives your course a professional clean look that complements the rest of the fairway.

Creating a new look for a bunker: Familiarity is desirable when revisiting a golf course. But a new design of a previous bunker will keep the golf course looking modern and give your guest something new to admire when revisiting your course.

Proper drainage: During the rainy season, proper drainage will protect your bunker from washouts and further erosion. Over time, lack of drainage will be the main contributor to bunker deterioration and contamination. This can lead to many hours of shoveling sand into the bunker, attempting to prolong further erosion. Proper bunker renovation will give your sandbox adequate drainage. Preventing further labor and bunker erosion.

Coloring of sand: Over time, weather and usage will create discoloration of the original bunker. This will affect the bunkers appearance and start giving signs of aging to your beautiful course. Existing bunker-sand will need cleaning of contaminants. While new sand will need integrating into the bunker during a renovation. Giving your course a younger look!

There are many benefits of bunker renovations, affecting both the beautiful features of your course as well as the playability. Considering bunker renovation will help bring a fresh look to your course as well as help with ongoing course maintenance issues. Please contact our staff at Fusion Golf and let us help you with your renovation needs.

03 Apr 2019

2 Signs You Should Repair Your Golf Course Bunkers

Players enjoy golf courses that are both beautiful and functional. That’s why it’s important that you keep it maintained regularly and hire a professional who can handle a bunker renovation. However, sometimes it can be hard to tell if your golf course bunkers need service. Read on to discover two signs that you should repair or completely renovate your golf course bunkers.

2 Signs You Should Repair Your Golf Course Bunkers

Sign #1: The golf bunkers are starting to show signs of wear and tear

If your golf course is very busy, you will eventually start to see signs of wear and tear. This can be an eyesore for players, especially if it is starting to look neglected. Although you can try to maintain the edges of the bunker every week, eventually you will have to arrange to have it renovated.

Sign #2: The golf bunker are starting to retain water

Another sign that your golf bunker should be renovated is if it is starting to retain water. This could be evidence of reside and silt clogging up the drainage pipes. Players will have a hard time playing on bunkers with drainage issues. It can also make the sand contaminated over time as the water starts to accumulate. Many golf courses just try to change the sand, but eventually you will need to consult with a golf construction management firm so they can examine the bunker and provide additional guidance. They may recommend redesigning the bunkers or moving them into another area of the golf course.

In conclusion, if you’ve noticed that your golf bunkers are starting to look worn down or retaining water you may need to arrange to have the bunkers renovated.

Schedule a Consultation Today with Fusion Golf Construction Management

For additional information about our golf course bunker renovation services please contact us today via email or call (832) 995-0203. We will work closely with you during the entire renovation process until you achieve the best results possible.

21 Mar 2019

Advance the Course with Bunker Renovation

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.

Advance the Course with Bunker Renovation

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.

Bunker Material

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!

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.

10 Oct 2017

When Does a Bunker Require Renovation?

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?

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.

If you want to learn more about bunker renovation or golf course maintenance and design, contact us today.