Specially colour your bunker face
Ecobunker Ltd, the experts in synthetic golf bunker face and edge construction, is offering golf courses the chance to have their Ecobunker faces coloured to suit their exact requirements.
The unusual innovation came as a result of research carried out following a request by its most prestigious client, Secession GC, in South Carolina.
Impressed by the resilience, texture and low maintenance characteristics of Ecobunker, Secession wanted to create a ‘browned off’ appearance, like that seen in many links courses in the UK, where grass is killed off on steep bunker faces to create the brown look.
Ecobunker is currently working with a number of traditional links courses, with installations progressing at Musselburgh Old, Winterfield, Murcar, Southerndown, Pennard, Tenby, Conwy, Leasowe, Sheringham, Sutton and Seaton Carew.
You don’t have to be a links course to install Ecobunker, though, after the design was successfully modified to work on parkland and heathland sites.
Nowhere has this worked better than at Potters Bar Golf Club, which struggled as its high sand faces regularly washed out during rainfall, resulting in numerous hours of sand replacement and major problems with stone contamination.
Ecobunker managing director Richard Allen, and construction manager Llewellyn Matthews proposed to lower the sand face, create a low-revetted edge and install a liner to two trial bunkers on the 17th hole.
In August, 38mm of rain fell in 24 hours and all 50 traditional bunkers were out of play with significant washout damage and sand contamination. By contrast, the two Ecobunkers on the 17th hole were undamaged and in perfect condition for play. The club is now converting all of its bunkers using Ecobunker.
For more information on the services offered by Ecobunker, log-on to ecobunker.co.uk
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