#5 Fairway Bunker Facelift – November 17, 2014
With the new professional tee construction, Hole 5 is stretching further and further. From the new back tee, the right side fairway trap is becoming less visible to players. Decisions have been approved to raise the lip of the bunker a few feet improving the bunker’s visibility from all tee boxes. Boards were staked into place to begin a clearly defined bunker lip. Existing sand was shoveled back from the outer edges by hand to prevent soil contamination during the project.
The staff has battled blistering cold weather this past week in order to stay on schedule with our list of winter projects. Many weekday mornings reached single digit temperatures turning the soil into ice blocks. Special heaters were brought out to make the soil more pliable for shaping. You can see the heater in the image below.
Once the face is firmed up enough, new bunker liner material will be stapled in place to prevent soil from mixing into our white sand over time. This liner also helps prevent native weeds from growing.
With the new bunker face flashed up, players will see a few feet of highly visible white sand from every angle. Now everyone will be aware of the dangers lurking for a long, straight tee shot.