Hole #10: How to build a Better Billy Bunker. Featuring the 10th hole fairway bunker
The first step is to remove the top soil and the previous bunker system. The construction crew uses dozers and trackhoes to rough out the location and general shape of the bunker. Next step is to get the golf course architect, Baxter Spann, to confirm the edging and details of the bunker. Check out these videos below of Baxter laying out the edging.
Once the outline is flagged and then painted, the carving begins and a thick lip is dug out
Then the slope of the bottom of the bunker is slowly carved out
The final shaping includes drainage channels and is much deeper than the final result because the Better Billy Bunker system and sand needs to be installed
Installation of this system includes 3″ of pea gravel followed by an application of liquid polymer over the top. This liquid polymer is applied hot with a pressurized sprayer in order to stabilize the pea gravel that makes up the sub structure of the bunker. The polymer dries and hardens creating a solid yet permeable structure that allows the bunker to hold its shape during daily and heavy water events. Check out these videos for the application of the polymer
Once the polymer hardens, the playing sand can be carted in and the bunker is almost ready for play.
Finally, at the end of June, sod and seed were planted and we’re growing grass!
Hole #11 was targeted for early work and the old cart path was the main focus of correction on this hole. Seen in purple on the topography map, the old cart path is completely removed and rerouted to the left of the hole, seen in grey. Combined with new drainage and irrigation, the right side of this hole should improve dramatically. The length remains on this hole and the big divided green will still make it as challenging as before construction. Short right of the green, new contours have been placed and create a raised shelf look to the green.
Watch the video of the cart path removal because you won’t believe how easy they make it look. Removing 6’x6’ concrete slabs does not sound like fun unless you have some heavy machinery and this 1 minute and 11 second video shows how the pros do it. Keep in mind these slabs weight about a ton each.
Hole #15: The removal of the fairway bunkers can be seen in the videos. These bunkers were on the left side of the hole and the new contours will improve drainage and clean up the appearance down the left side. It should create a less intimidating tee shot as the fairway-landing zone has been widened as well. The tee box will feature a new running-water bathroom facility to the right of the back tees and new forward tee box. Bathroom facilities are to be constructed later this summer.
This video shows the dozer working down the left side of the fairway removing the bunkers and creating new contours and space for irrigation.
Second video of more work on the left side.
This picture shows the view from the tee box last week. Notice the new contouring of the left side and the removal of the bunkers. The mound on the right side of the fairway is just in front of the new forward tee box.
A view from the cart path of the space created to the right of the tee markers for the new running water bathroom facility. More on this when construction begins.
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Hole #15: Initial construction focused on the mounding to the right side of the green. These mounds created difficult lies and inhibited walking access to the green. In the videos, you can see construction began in the snow with the dozer ripping the mounds and then flattening them out. The goal is to create a new collection area that will be cut to fairway length to allow for more creativity with the short game when missing the green right. The green side bunker short and left will be much larger than previous and help protect any left pin locations. Video pan shows the bunker mapped out, but waiting for final touches. Next time we will look at the changes to the fairway and the tee box.
The dozer eventually gains traction and rips the side of the hill.
Another rip video shows the ground being torn up and prepped to be flattened out.
One of the first passes over the ripped hill takes off a couple feet. Watch the dozer slip towards the end showing just how much material there was to remove.
First photo below shows late winter construction and next 3 show current condition. The mounds are gone and new contours for the right side of the green and bunker can be seen.