If you have played here recently you are aware of our poor bunker conditions. This year we made a goal to get at least the most played out of bunkers repaired. It is a slow process but we are making some headway. So far this season we have completed bunkers on 8 Rock, 2 & 3 River, and the Hill Practice bunker. Below are some photos of the work.
Since making these repairs greens haven't been getting the attention needed to allow for a firm, smooth surface. We are up to date on the fertilizer and chemical scheduling so they are very healthy. However, we are long over due to topdress them with sand. Topdressing them with a light layer of sand weekly or bi-weekly is necessary to allow for a firm smooth surface. Much of our sand budget was used in the repaired bunkers and not to topdress the putting greens. Starting next week we will get back on our topdressing schedule and begin the process of firming them up.
I love being a Golf Course Superintendent especially at the Heart of America and hope to one day give the golfer here the best of both worlds...firm greens and fluffy bunkers.