Some of the most frequent comments that we receive are concerning the bunkers. Over time and through the course of regular maintenance, thunderstorms and golfer play, the sand gets moved around and often becomes thin in places. When this happens the liners that are used in the bunkers to help protect the sand from the clay soils beneath, will show through and be exposed. To make things worse, if the operator running the mechanical bunker rake does not see these areas, the liner will get snagged and torn. When this happens the liner will be showing through the sand but will also allow sand to get beneath the liner and raise it up causing further snagging by the machine.
|Picture sent to me by a member this weekend illustrating the challenges of the liners!|
Throughout the course of the winter, as weather allowed, our crew went through almost every bunker on the golf course checking sand depths, adding or moving sand around as needed, and repairing liners that were damaged. As I have posted in the past, repairing the liners is a difficult task as much of the sand has to be pulled back, the damaged liner cut out, and new liner glued and stapled back into place.
The pictures above are from a post last spring illustrating the process of repairing the liners. To date our crew has been through and repaired liners in every bunker on the course with the exception of #10 greenside and #11 greenside bunkers. We are currently waiting for a new roll of the liner material to be delivered. Once that product arrives we will finish the remaining few bunkers. Additionally, we still have holes #12-18 to add sand in some areas to and the bunkers will be fully ready for the upcoming season.
As the season progresses, we will continue to monitor and address areas where sand has become thin and liner may be exposed. This is especially true after thunderstorms where the sand gets completely washed out off the faces of the bunkers. When this happens our first goal is to get the bunker playable again. Often however, the sand does not get replaced back on the faces and throughout the bunker evenly. We then have to go back out and inspect and adjust depths to ensure that liners don't get torn and exposed.
We appreciate your patience as you come across our crew in the bunkers. As always I ask that if you do happen to come across a liner that is exposed, please let the golf shop know or send me a quick email letting me know where and we will get it repaired as soon as we can.