Bunkers....How you can help.

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Bunkers....How you can help.

Most golf course superintendents would tell you that after putting surfaces, the area of the course in which they spend the greatest amount of resources are the bunkers. Our job tracking shows that we spend similar hours on greens vs bunkers.

The reason for this post is we are asking for the membership to help us present our bunkers in the best possible condition each and every day.

What You Can Do

When a golfer plays from a bunker, they are asked to rake the bunker and return it to a condition at least as good as they found it.  A conscious effort at improving the raking done after playing from a bunker will go along way.

Not only does proper raking leave a good surface for your fellow members, but it also makes the next morning’s bunker work by the Turf Care staff all the more efficient. The more efficiently staff is able to work in preparing bunkers, the more time there is to spend on other areas of the golf course. The rake job you do when you play from a bunker has a trickle-down effect to all areas of the golf course.

In order to help make raking easier, we’ve marked multiple areas around each of our 65 bunkers with a "T" shape.  These areas are where bunker rakes should be found and also placed back when finishing raking.  These areas are also the enter and exit points to the bunker. The areas we’ve marked are generally at the low point of the bunkers and when used, will keep golfers from having to walk up or down steep slopes to enter and exit the bunkers. We also ask that when raking you use teeth down on the flats of the bunker and then flip the rake head upside down to smooth the edges from your enter and exist foot marks.


The Turf Care staff will place the rakes at these marks each morning and each golfer should then place the rake back in these areas after use. Since this is a new initiative we understand it will take some time to get used to.  However, we will continue to mark these areas in white paint, with a small “T”.  As the season moves on and golfers become familiar with and use these locations, we feel strongly the quality of our bunkers will improve.

Posted: 7/6/2017 1:34:08 PM by Chris Prodahl


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