Golf Course Solutions

Bunkers

How do I choose the right bunker sand?
Selecting the best sand for your bunker project is extremely important, but often confusing. What infiltration rate does your sand need to drain properly? Does the shape of the sand matter? What penetrometer value will your players prefer?

To learn about the variables involved in sand selection read “How To Select The Best Sand For Your Bunkers” written by Dr. Moore of the USGA®.

For more information about finding, selecting, and inspecting bunker sand, check out this older, but still relevant article titled, “Selecting and Handling Sand.

How do labs analyze bunker sand?
What tests to laboratories run to evaluate the quality of bunker sand? How well do the tests predict the playability of the sand I want to install on my course? Learn the answers to these questions in, “Physical Analysis of Sands for Golf Course Bunker Use” by Jim Skorulski.

How can I evaluate the quality of my bunkers?
Learn about the factors that affect bunker performance. Create a score card for your bunkers. Start with the suggestions in “Help Your Bunkers Make The Grade” by Chris Hartwiger.

How can I fix eroding bunker faces?
Are your bunkers elevated or shallow with sand covering the bank? If these types of bunkers often experience washouts, this article on How To Rebuild Eroding Bunker Faces may help reduce maintenance and improve bunker playability.

How long should my bunker sand last?
The expected life-cycle of golf course bunkers is 5-7 years, according to the ASGCA. Source: http://www.asgca.org

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