The course I belong to has a fun, challenging layout that has hosted many big college tournaments in years past but not recently. The greens are in okay shape but our bunkers are in terrible condition.
- It looks like the bunkers are filled with fairly course construction sand and they always seem to need new sand. Even when dry, the sand is far from fluffy.
- After rains, many of the bunkers hold water for days.
- They mechanically rake the bunkers when the bunkers aren't wet, but the tines only rake about 1" deep. Under that . . . the bunkers are like concrete!
I've talked with our PGA pro who tells me the equipment they have only rakes this depth as its maximum. Sounds crazy to me but I know nothing about course maintenance equipment or the proper way to maintain a course's bunkers.
Our course has a ton of bunkers so I'm sure bunker maintenance is expensive and, like so many courses, money is a scarce commodity and the course owner likely is not interested in making the course great like it used to be . . . just wants it good enough to make a little money.
Suggestions and thoughts PLEASE!