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At any golf course, the most qualified and experienced person on the management team is usually the Head Greenkeeper or Course Manager. Sadly the profession doesn’t generally get the respect it deserves, despite the fact that the modern day greenkeeper is challenged by balancing the needs of a wide range of competing interests, increasingly unpredictable weather, limited budgets, raised expectations, rapidly advancing technology, H&S, and legislation changes to name but a few. This is a difficult job, but fortunately there are consultants available who can share the load, especially if there is no budget for recruitment.

EcoBunker Ltd employs a diverse team of professionals with a wide range of skills which are available to golf courses on a consultancy basis.

EcoBunker Ltd is owned and managed by Richard Allen, a civil engineer who has 33 years of experience providing consultancy services to landowners, contractors, developers, architects, planning consultants, local authorities and golf courses. Skill areas specific to golf courses include, (but are not limited to) drainage and land drainage, all forms of bunker engineering design and construction, planning, H&S, contract management, access road and car park design, feasibility studies and cost benefit analysis.

Richard has been providing engineering based consultancy advice to golf clubs for many years. Examples are:

Golf Club Consultancy Services
The Shire Bunker liner inspection and advice
Clearwater Bay Bunker liner advice
Pyle and Kenfig Drainage
Hartlepool GC Drainage design support and report for planning application
Temple GC Greens drainage assessment and report
Coed y Mwstwr Value engineering
Marco Simone (Ryder Cup Venue) Lake Edge design and construction supervision
Pyle and Kenfig Drainage
Caddington HGV travel plan for construction
Maesteg Drainage (award winning)
Southerndown Bunker Liner Advice
Royal Town of Caernarfon Drainage
Whittingham Heath Car Park Design
The Grove Strategic Highway Access
Swansea Bay Access Road Design
The Grove Hole re-routing plan
Maesteg Topographical Survey, Hydrology and Environmental Permits
Churston Transportation Assessment
Newark Bunker Liners
Denham Bunker Liners
Maesteg Environmental Surveys and Plans
Bury St Edmunds Bunker Sand Grading Analysis
Confidential Sites Various Feasibility Studies for relocation

Bunker Liners

Since 2009, the staff at EcoBunker Ltd have built hundreds of golf bunkers, on all types of golf courses, right across the globe. During that time we have installed our bunker edging system alongside all of the main bunker liner systems.

There are a bewildering array of liners available. The most important thing to recognise is that each liner performs in a slightly different way and is therefore designed to address different challenges.

No liner has the perfect answer to every question, so the best solution will be the one that ticks the most boxes. At EcoBunker Ltd, we take an unbiased view on liner selection and we ask a lot of questions before helping you select the best option for your golf club.

The best choice for your golf course will depend on balancing a range of factors. The following questions should be answered before making any decision:

  • What is the nature of your problem? (Poor drainage? Stones? Washout? Burrowing Animals? Erosion? Sand Texture?)
  • How much can you afford?
  • What style of bunkers do you have and how many of them? (High sand faces? Intricate edges? Revetted edges? Small? Large?)
  • What are your ground conditions? (Free draining sand or waterlogged heavy clay or other?)
  • Have you an appetite for ongoing maintenance? (do you want total maintenance free bunkers or are you prepared to do routine maintenance?)
  • What is your current maintenance capability?
  • How high are your golfer’s expectations?

Recent publications from Greenkeeping Magazine and Golf Course Architect Magazine

Clean and Consistent Lake Edges – Golf Course Architect Magazine Article by Richard Allen

Autopsy of a Bunker – Greenkeeping Magazine article by Richard Allen.

Sand and Deliver – Greenkeeping Magazine article by Richard Allen.