The first step in improving the condition of the bunkers on a golf course is to understand the factors that influence bunker performance.
Generally, there are four major areas that must be considered when evaluating bunkers:
Sand selection, architecture/design, drainage & construction.
Proper sand selection is crucial in the quest for near-perfect conditioning, consistency, golfer’s game and for the makeup of the greens root zone.
As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended to have approximately 4 to 6 inches of sand across sloped bunkers and to 2 to 4 inches sand across slope bunkers faces.
These are some factors that should be considered when selecting the sand: • Particle size.• Particle shape and penetrometer value• Crusting potential• Chemical reaction(pH)and hardness• Infiltration rate & • Overall playing quality.
Margins of Bunkers must be clearly defined so that the Rules of Golf can be de applied.
Work is in progress and improvements are on the way.
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