Bunkers, like many other aspects of a golf course, require frequent maintenance. However, like all things, bunkers have a lifespan. Most bunkers, based off the amount of play they receive and the amount of maintenance that is performed in keeping them in an acceptable and playable condition, will have a lifespan of 5 to 7 years. When the aesthetics and play-ability begin to deteriorate, it may be time for a club to renovate the bunkers.
In regards to bunker renovations, there are different methods and degrees to which bunkers can be renovated. In our situation, we wanted to do a major renovation of our bunkers. However, there were a couple of major deciding factors that led us to the type of renovation that we will be performing:
1.) A major bunker renovation would be VERY expensive ($400,000 to $500,000)
2.) We will be hosting the 2013 NCAA Women's Golf Regional Championship in May and the
2013 US Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in June.
In order for us to do a major bunker renovation we would have to come up with a pretty sizable amount of money to fund such a project, AND, hope that we could start, complete and grow-in after construction before these championships! This was obviously not the "best-case" scenario to try and do such a major project. So, we came to a couple of conclusions. One being, that our greenside bunkers got a greater amount of play than the fairway bunkers. The second conclusion was that the greenside bunkers were in more need of major attention than the fairway bunkers.
The scope of work of this project would be as follows:
1.) Completely remove the older sand.
2.) Make repairs to the underlying fabric liner.
3.) Replace with fresh, new sand to the appropriate depth
Once this phase of the project is complete, we will then focus our attention and efforts on the fairway bunkers and Add/Remove sand to make certain they are at the appropriate depths as well. This project can be done in far less time and for a much lesser cost than a major bunker renovation. All though this is not the long term solution, this will allow us adequate time to raise necessary funds, put together designs and specifications and plan accordingly to allow the appropriate amount of time to conduct such a major renovation.
We appreciate the patience, understanding and continued support of the patrons and members of the Jimmie Austin Golf Club during this project. We hope to get this project completed with as little of disturbance to regular play as possible.
As always any questions, comments or feedback is always appreciated.
We'll see you out there!