Throughout the winter months the green staff started a bunker reconstruction program. The first to be addressed were the bunkers at the 1st and the 18th. Due to the volume of work required to complete this project a local digger contractor was brought in to help the green staff. Work started on the bunkers at the 18th with the sand being removed and stockpiled to be reused for contouring once the bunkers were shaped. The contractor then shaped the bunkers by removing around 25-30 tonne of unwanted material from the 4 bunkers. The depth and size was increased on the front 2 bunkers to provide better drainage and playability. The green staff then fine tuned the shape and contoured the inside of the bunkers to give a more aesthically pleasing look for approach shots into the green. The 2 back bunkers had the depth increased and a sump was dug out to a free draining layer. The green staff fine tuned the shape and contoured the inside ready for sand.
Before and after pictures of bunkers at back of 18th
Before and after pictures of front bunkers at the 18th
Work was then carried out on the bunkers at the 1st. These bunkers had no character, were very small and provided little test for the golfer. The decision was made to change the style and increase the size of both bunkers to improve the visual look of the greens complex. The digger contractor was used to shape the bunkers with around 20-25 tonne of unwanted material being removed from both bunkers. The green staff then shaped the bunkers using the revetting style (layers of turf) to provide a turfed edge to give the bunkers a defined edge and to improve the appearance. A better quality material was then brought in to contour the inside of both bunkers.
It isn’t just work on the course that needs carried out. All course furniture needs a freshen up for the new season so the green staff gave all these items pictured below a coat of paint. The staff make sure there is plenty of spare items made in house due to the ongoing vandal problem.