EcoBunker Ltd have adapted their design style to suit the beautiful woodland environment of Lingdale GC, Leicestershire. Greens Chairman, Anne MacGregor first saw ecobunker at nearby Cosby GC, and recognised a potential solution to the clubs inconsistent and eroded bunkers. Anne explains:
‘Our design brief to EcoBunker was firstly propose a low maintenance design (taking into account drainage, liners, edges and sand type) and secondly to deliver an aesthetic that could provide a more consistent look to all the bunkers and create a more coherent theme for the golf course’.
Like many clubs, Lingdale had renovated bunkers in a piecemeal manner over many years, and the result was a variety of styles and shapes which did not enhance the course. Furthermore the course was built as two separate nines, with each having a distinct identity.
Following several site visits and detailed consultation, EcoBunker and Lingdale agreed that their best performing bunkers tended to have a visible raised sand face, abutting a fairly deep lip. It was decided to replicate this look on two new bunkers on the 15th fairway and a renovated bunker on the par 3 16th. During construction (conducted by our full team) we installed our ecobunker edge, Sandtrapper2 liner to minimise the potential for sand washout, and a subsurface Hydroblox drain connected to a new drainage outfall. The end results provide a superb template for future work right across the course, and very soon Lingdale will be viewing their bunkers as a visual and strategic asset, enhancing the course, and not a liability.