Sequoia Greenscapes is renovating bunkers on seven golf courses in the Houston area, including four at The Woodlands, Texas, home of the Administaff Small Business Classic on the Champions Tour. The project is headed up by Mike Archer. Mike and his staff have over 20 years of golf course construction experience, and do everything from new construction to small renovation projects.
Mike says, “We have taken several different bunker methods and combined them into one system that will extend the life of bunkers for minimal costs. For a completed cost lower than the material cost alone of some other methods, we are achieving the objectives golf courses are looking for in their bunker projects. We have reduced the erosion off of the faces by over 90%, including the heavy thunderstorms we receive here on the Gulf Coast. Some of these bunkers have been in for almost two years, and during a recent 6″ rain, our repair time was minimal on all of the completed bunkers. In addition, we stabilized the sub-grades with cement and we have eliminated gravel in the drainage design. The Turf Drain and Perma Basins from TDA have worked great.
By using Turf Drain without gravel, we can stop the movement of the water along the sub-grade that causes the sand to erode, without fear of gravel contaminating the playing surface.
“The process involves removing a portion of the old sand and leaving some to inter-mix with the roto-tilled cement and sub-grade. Next, we install the drainage. We have many steeply sloped bunker faces here and the key to the success has been the addition of an erosion control line at the toe of the slope. By using Turf Drain without gravel, we can stop the movement of the water along the sub-grade that causes the sand to erode, without fear of gravel contaminating the playing surface.”
You can contact Mike for quotes on bunker projects at Sequoia Greenscapes at 713-501-7456.