Bunkers Renovations 2020

After successfully completing the first 6 bunkers last year it has quickly come round to the time of year where phase 2 of our works is about to begin. Last year saw the first year of our 5 year bunker plan get underway; however we were not blessed with decent weather or dry conditions. We encountered teething problems with the lining method and a global pandemic only delayed us further. Once up and running they are everything we hoped for them to be; aesthetically pleasing, free draining and not compacted!

We have decided this year to install a superior liner in the form of recycled artificial turf. It is free draining and will eliminate any contamination between the soil and the bunker sand. This will mean the bunker sand will not have to be replaced every couple of years.

Contaminated sand has directly affected the drainage and after heavy rainfall it can make the bunkers near on unplayable at times, which is now very noticeable when you compare the old bunkers to our new ones. Again we will be reducing the size of the bunkers. So far animal damage does not seem to have been an issue in the new bunkers.

We have chosen 8 bunkers to do as phase 2 of our bunker renovation plan which will completely renovate and bring them up to a higher standard. Below is an outline of the work we will be carrying out and some important information regarding playability and any disruption that might be caused.

The bunkers we have chosen to do are:

  • 1st – 2 Greenside bunkers
  • 2nd – 2 Greenside bunkers
  • 8th – 2 Greenside bunkers
  • 9th - 2 Greenside bunkers


The most practical way of reinstating/redesigning a bunker is to start from a blank canvas (start as if there has never been one there before). A simple breakdown of the process we will be carrying out is as follows:

  1. A golf course architect will come in and map out the shape of the new bunker
  2. The turf is then removed from around the existing bunker – We will stack this turf and re use it for building our revetted wall in the bunker.
  3. We will be using a professional golf course shaper to scrape out the existing sand and reshape the new bunker
  4. At this stage new drainage is cut into the bunker base.
  5. The drain lines will then be piped and back filled and covered with a permeable blinding layer (aqua dyne)
  6. The base of the bunker will be then lined with recycled artificial turf this will create a barrier for stones and soil and stop the contamination of the new sand.
  7. The revetted turf wall is built on a ledge to the bunker shape; the artificial turf goes under this so it cannot lift over time.
  8. Soil will be brought in to blend the new bunker into the surrounding land.
  9. The area around the bunker is then turfed.
  10. Fresh sand is added

Timescale and Disruption (Weather Permitting)

  • The overall process of shaping and lining the bunkers will take roughly 2 - 3 weeks to complete. Capping and turfing the surrounding areas should take around another 2 weeks to complete.
  • While the bunkers are being worked on there will be a temporary green in play for that hole, during times when no work is being carried out on the bunkers the greens will be back in play however those bunkers will be GUR.
  • The completed bunkers will be out of action for a number of months to allow surrounding turf to root and nit in, during this time the new turf around the bunker will be GUR while becoming established.

We will post regular updates on our Twitter page and on the clubhouse notice board.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience while we carry out this work.

Kyran Lilley
Head Greenkeeper

Kyran Lilley

Horsforth Golf Club
Layton Rise Horsforth Leeds LS18 5EX
Tel: 0113 258 6819

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