Scottish Golf Courses

EcoBunker Tradition bunker face set to revolutionise maintenance

The new synthetic revetted bunker face has already been installed at four Scots clubs

ECOBUNKER LTD, specialists in designing and supplying materials for low maintenance golf bunkers, have developed a new design for revetted bunker faces.

EcoBunker’s managing director Richard Allen has christened the product ‘EcoBunker Tradition’, and the new design utilises recycled artificial grass layers in the foundations of revetted walls, with natural revetting turf then being placed on top, comprising the visual element of the bunker face.

Discussing the innovation, Allen said: “Despite the fact that my fully synthetic bunker faces are now becoming widely used and appreciated in the golfing world, I accept that many golf courses remain committed to natural turf revetting, despite the costs associated with their maintenance.


“Nevertheless, I want to provide a more cost effective option for those clients and this solution provides a highly cost effective compromise between superior synthetic performance and traditional aesthetics.”

The EcoBunker brand has built its product on some of the world’s best courses, with a total of 60 courses in eight countries installing the EcoBunker product. From St Andrews and Turnberry to the renowned Trump National, Jupiter in Florida, it has proved a success. The new EcoBunker Tradition is an addition to that offering and will help both golf clubs and their maintenance teams save  time and money in the long run.

The benefits of the EcoBunker Tradition include a solid permanent foundation, which will not settle or degrade, a bunker shape template and drainage characteristics which help to relieve water pressure from behind the revetted face, a common source of failure.

Allen added: “As a civil engineer, and through many years building golf bunkers, I noticed how important foundations were, and how much time is spent re-building them.

“If clubs want to continue with natural turf faces, and replace them every three to five years, by choosing the EcoBunker method, foundations will not need to be re-built every time. That will result in significant cost savings.”

EcoBunker will continue to promote its fully revetted synthetic face as the preferred option for many clubs and the company has been working on four Scottish courses over the winter, with several more projects in the pipeline.

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