Repairing bunker washouts is one of the most labor-intensive practices on a golf course. Once water is drained from a washed out bunker, the sand has to be screened to remove any contaminants before it can be properly redistributed throughout the bunker. Repairing washed out bunkers can take from several hours to several days depending on the design, age and number of bunkers affected. Unfortunately, repairing washouts has been a common occurrence this year for many golf courses in the Central Region due to numerous heavy rain events.
The bunkers that have fared best typically have the following things in common:
- Minimal runoff from the surrounding area into the bunker
- Flatter bottoms versus steep, flashed faces
- Clean, well-draining sand
- Effective subsurface drainage
- Newer construction method utilizing a durable liner