Western Pennsylvania club embarks on bunker project

Western Pennsylvania club embarks on bunker project

Superintendent Bill Stowers overseeing enhancements at Westmoreland Country Club.

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June 1, 2018
GCI Staff
Construction Course News
Westmoreland Country Club in Export, Pa., is in the midst of a bunker renovation project. Westmoreland Country Club golf course superintendent Bill Stowers is overseeing the project while Heritage Links golf course construction company is the contractor. The project launched in mid-April and is expected to be completed by mid-June. 
 
Westmoreland Country Club’s bunkers were last updated in 2007. As part of the current renovation, 41 greenside bunkers are being regraded, reshaped and rebuilt incorporating a technically advanced drainage and liner system featuring Capillary Concrete. This lining method increases the speed at which water flows through the sand and the lining; minimizing contamination, reducing maintenance, and producing superior consistency. The new bunkers are expected to last for well over a decade. 
 
“With the new bunkers we expect the time we spend repairing and maintaining bunkers will dramatically drop,” Stowers said. “This bunker renovation is a part of our continuous effort to deliver excellent playing conditions to Westmoreland members and guests.”
 
The bunker renovation project will be completed in time for the club’s inaugural Pro-Member Stag Tournament on June 13th. The sold-out event will feature a host of professionals, including six-time PGA TOUR winner Rocco Mediate, who will be conducting a pre-tournament clinic and then playing in the tournament. Spectators are invited and welcome to walk along with Mediate during the tournament. 
 
Managed by Troon Privé, the private club division of Troon, Westmoreland Country Club has a rich history dating back to 1904. The club’s 18-hole Dick Wilson-designed golf course was built in 1954 and has proudly hosted U.S. Open qualifiers along with numerous Western Pennsylvania and Tri-State PGA events.