Course managers must determine if the current bunkers still meet USGA guidelines during this process. They should also assess the condition of the sand and drainage systems to ensure they are up to standard. This evaluation of the bunkers is crucial in preparing for the renovation process.
Before seriously considering any sand bunker renovations you have in mind, it is wise to involve your primary architect in the project. Only so many superintendents can craft bunkers with the same skill as your architect. Their artful execution of bunker design is one of the main factors that can drive golfers to choose your course. An experienced architect can balance the artistic aspects with the player’s challenge level. Make sure your bunker designs are up to date, or other courses may begin to look more appealing to golfers.