“Bunker conditions are a hot point for any golf course, and after nearly two decades, it is time to upgrade,” superintendent Alan Sullivan said. “The new bunkers will significantly reduce the effects of the weather – especially rain – on our bunkers and increase consistency and playability for our guests.”
The renovation process includes removing all existing sand from the current bunkers to inspect the drain lines for damage before laying down a layer of local gravel. The gravel is then lined with a special polymer which allows rainwater to reach drain lines without losing any sand from the bunkers. As the final step, the bunkers are filled with classic white sand from Foley, Ala., the same sand originally used by Grand Bear.
“Inconsistent play from the bunkers is a golfer’s nightmare,” general manager Tolby Strahan said. “Upgrading the drainage systems ensures our players get the same bunker consistency – rain or shine – for years to come.”