The New Look to the Bunkers
In developing a more manageable bunker for both maintenance & golf, we have been working on a new technique of raking. Most noticeable will be the smoother sides. This technique actually uses a roller to smooth & compact the side of each bunker. This helps with firming the bunker face to allow less fried egg lies, but also means less raking which reduces contamination of the white sand. It can be time consuming for staff setting up each morning, however creating better playability & a longer lasting bunker is our goal. Many courses are using this technique with success, two notably Westmount GCC in Kitchener (Stanley Thompson) and Hazeltine National (Ryder Cup 2016).
As we work to perfect this raking technique, we ask for your patience. The turf crew maintains the 67 bunkers we do have each morning, rolling/smoothing sides & raking the bottoms out. With good golf etiquette in mind, members will continue to rake bunkers in the usual fashion throughout the day.
When in a bunker, remember your fellow golfer behind you…
rake yourself out.
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