TPC San Antonio renovating bunkers on Oaks Course
Courtesy of Duininck Golf

TPC San Antonio renovating bunkers on Oaks Course

Duininck Golf working with PGA Tour, TPC Network at Valero Texas Open site.

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Duininck Golf is working with the TPC Network to enhance bunkers on the Greg Norman-designed Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. The 7,435-yard course is site of the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open and features 53 bunkers. 
 
“The new bunkers will be an enhancement both in playability and aesthetics,” TPC San Antonio general manager Matt Flory said. “Not only will they provide a sharper contrast between bunker and surrounding turf, but the sand will better match the slope of greens and assist with the playability from those bunkers.”
 
Chris Kleinsmith is serving as the project manager for Duininck Golf.  “We are adding Better Billy Bunker flooring to 53 bunkers (133,000 square feet) to help keep the new sand in them. We remove old sand, check existing drainage, install gravel, polymer and add new sand.” 
 
Duininck’s operations manager, Ahren Habicht added, “New bunker lining technology has helped the in-play maintenance of bunkers from all sides, reducing washouts during storm events and enhancing playability – a win-win for the golf course superintendent and players.”
 
Kleinsmith, Habicht and the Duininck Golf team have developed a strong relationship with multiple PGA Tour sites and officials, including TPC project manager Rich Brogan and PGA Tour designer Les Clayton. Duininck Golf  also recently completed a three year, three-phased project with both Brogan and Clayton at TPC Louisiana with the final phase ending in early 2021, just prior to the start of the Zurich Classic.
 
“We’re honored to have our work put to the test by the world’s best players and, both (Rich and Les) are straightforward, knowledgeable and flexible with these renovations,” Kleinsmith said. “They have high standards, and we make it a point to check every box to meet their expectations.”
 
TPC San Antonio has served as the host site for the Valero Texas Open since 2010. Roby Robertson is the 36-hole facility’s director of golf course maintenance operations. 
 
“TPC San Antonio gets better every year, and we love working with the host organization and our Tour family to accommodate the best players in the world and to be a part of the impact the Valero Texas Open has on the community each year," Flory said.