The Role of the Bunker

Mar 29, 2012

Philip Christian Spogard, a Danish golf course architect once wrote that the sand bunker has been one of the defining hazards which the golfer has had to avoid in order to reach the green. On the early links courses, the first bunkers emerged in areas of exposed sand to form an interesting and penalizing hazard. The severity of the bunker affected the playability of the ball – giving the bunker a significant function and role in the strategy of the golf hole.

The early links bunkers were later on formalized and given a stabilizing, revetted edge. Since the end of the 1800’s, many types of bunkers have emerged – from small sand trips to gigantic ‘American’ style bunkers. Time is rarely kind to bunkers, but with the early summer-like weather, The Fortress crew was able to begin the process of reconditioning all 72 bunkers by adding approximately 428 tons of sand, edging and drainage. With 6 weeks of constant raking and “working the sand”, our bunkers will be in excellent condition for the upcoming season. Now that we are open, come and get an early start on your golf game and enjoy great April rates for 18 holes with cart – Monday through Thursday for $35, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $39. Seniors (55 and older) can play Monday through Friday for $30. See you on the course!

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