The Aussie Method Gets Better – A simple tip can help you perfect your bunker faces.
By Chris Hartwiger, director, Course Consulting Service
During the last week of September, I had the opportunity to serve as the agronomist for the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Hillwood Country Club in Nashville, Tenn. The course was a fantastic host site and the turf maintenance staff – under the direction of golf course superintendent David Robertson – was a joy to work with. By all accounts, the players enjoyed the playing conditions and competition.
During the final days of preparation, I observed the staff doing something unusual with the bunkers. I knew they had adopted the Aussie method of bunker raking – i.e., keeping the faces smooth and raking the bottoms of the bunkers. It appeared they were using a paint roller on a telescoping handle to smooth the faces. Actually, they had taken an inexpensive swimming pool toy known as a “noodle” and placed it over the metal paint roller frame. The noodle does not absorb moisture and it is flexible enough to conform to the faces. The process and finished product are shown in these pictures.
This tip is simple, inexpensive, and may just help you continue to improve your bunkers. For more information, view the USGA Green Section Digital Collection - Managing Bunkers.