Eventually, every golf course owner faces the need to rebuild or renovate their course. When this happens the managers of the course need to decide whether or not the existing bunkers are still doing their job according to USGA guidelines. The sand bunker renovations should adhere to their guidelines as well. Is their sand contaminated? Has the construction deteriorated to a significant degree? Do they have proper drainage? This evaluation of the bunkers is a vital preparatory step.
Before taking into serious consideration any sand bunker renovations you have in mind, it is wise to involve your primary architect in the project. There aren’t many superintendents who 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 knows how to balance the artistic aspects with player challenge level. Make sure your bunker designs are up to date, or other courses may begin to look more appealing to golfers.