Links, Parklands, Downs & Heath and Special Courses, the world over are converting their bunkers to EcoBunkers.

Historic Royal Guernsey completes phase one of total rebunkering of course with EcoBunker

The historic Royal Guernsey club, located at L’Ancresse on the Channel Island, between England and France, has completed the first phase of a multi-year rebunkering using the EcoBunker Advanced synthetic edging product. The project started in December 2017, when EcoBunker construction manager Llewelyn Matthews travelled to Guernsey to build a test bunker on the club’s short game practice area. The success of this trial project convinced Royal Guernsey to sign up for a three year [...]

Ecobunker enables sandbelt style bunkers on clay at Sydney’s Killara

The famous courses of the Melbourne Sandbelt, notably Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath, are distinctive for many reasons, but one of the most important is the characteristic bunker style created by Dr Alister MacKenzie and his collaborators Alex Russell and Mick Morcom. Sandbelt bunkers are characterised by their size, by their swooping shape, with capes and bays dividing them up into different compartments, by their flashed sand faces, and by the fact that they cut [...]

Reshaping The Valley – Bunker Building in Bavaria

The golf course outside the village of Valley, south of Munich came close to being selected to host the Ryder Cup in 2022, eventually losing out to Marco Simone GC, Rome (another EcoBunker client). It is certainly easy to see why it was a serious candidate; extensive infrastructure, large mounded spectator areas, lots of water, classic matchplay holes and at nearly 8000 yards from the back tees, one of the longest courses in Europe. [...]

Dumbarnie Links – Traditional Styling, Modern Methods

The brainchild of former Ryder Cup player, and BBC golf commentator, Clive Clark, Dumbarnie Links is the largest new golf construction project underway in the UK during 2018. Clark, a California based golf course architect for the past 20 years and part of the US consortium funding the project has realised a lifetime ambition to design and build a true, traditional links in his homeland. The links will comprise the full array of design [...]

TPC Sugarloaf largest EcoBunker project in World

TPC Sugarloaf , Duluth, Georgia is the largest EcoBunker project in the world undertaken to date. The bunkers on this 27 hole layout, when completed, will have consumed 35 shipping containers of the EcoBunker facing material, imported to the US from the UK. Why did this inland course require such a large consignment? The answer is in the design. The course, which currently plays host to the Senior PGA Tour event, The Mitsubishi Electric Classic, [...]

Medalist Golf Club replicates sod wall bunker with EcoBunker

The option to multiple stack the synthetic turf layers was invented by our Director, Richard Allen back in 2010, and installed by him and a team working under his direction at Pyle and Kenfig GC. So when, in late 2014, architect Bobby Weed asked if turf could be stacked in such a way to create a thicker looking revett, we could confidently give a positive answer. When installed with accuracy, double (or even triple) stacking does [...]

Rancho San Lucas becomes first course in Mexico to adopt Ecobunker

Rancho San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is the first golf course in Mexico to adopt EcoBunker’s unique synthetic sod bunker wall construction method. This stunning new development by SOLMAR occupies an enviable site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and Greg Norman Golf Design are taking full advantage. The course will consist of a higher ‘desert section’ and a lower ‘beach/links section’. Although a fantastic site for golf, the construction and maintenance of the course is [...]

‘Locking in’ bunker design intent at The Floridian Golf Club

The motivation behind Richard Allen’s invention of synthetic bunker edging was to find a bunker design that was aesthetically pleasing and yet easy and affordable to maintain. Golf course designers are also attracted by the benefits of ‘locking-in’ their design intentions, which are often left to the mercy of the elements. In the Florida climate, natural forces of erosion are extreme, and in response, designer Kevin Norby (of Herford-Norby Golf Course Architects) turned to EcoBunker [...]

Secession first club to install coloured bunker faces

‘Can we have ecobunker in brown?’ asked Secession Director of Golf Operations (and ex PGA Tour player), Mike Harmon. After playing one qualifying round for the Seniors British Open at Southerndown, in 2014, Mike knew he had found the solution to the eroding bunkers at his home South Carolina Links, but he wanted to go a step further and get everything exactly to his specifications. Mike is passionate about British Links golf, and he [...]

Southerndown Golf Club completes all 84 bunkers using EcoBunker

Southerndown GC (1905) hosts major amateur and professional tournaments on behalf of the R&A, Golf Union of Wales and other promoters. In 2014 Southerndown were over halfway through an 84 bunker restoration project using our synthetic turf invention. The fact that nearly 50 bunkers were at that stage fully converted was no obstacle to hosting several high profile events. During that year the club hosted the top amateur event ‘The Duncan Putter’ (past winners include Paul [...]

Dumfries & County avoid sand contamination with EcoBunker

Bunker sand is a precious commodity. However, it can get contaminated very quickly, by silt, stones or a combination of both, ruining drainage characteristics, creating inconsistent playing conditions and spoiling aesthetics. How can this be avoided, or at least, how can the serviceable life of this expensive material be extended? We believe that ‘fully sealed’ bunkers are often the answer. What do we mean by this? Bunkers which have a base liner, under the sand, connected [...]

Potters Bar Golf Club turns to EcoBunker for advice on sand wash down

Sand wash down is becoming increasingly common, as many greenkeepers in the UK notice changing rainfall patterns, and more frequent high intensity short events. The number of valuable greenkeeping hours devoted to this unpleasant reparation is increasing at a time when many clubs can ill-afford the expense. There are several solutions available (some involving base liners), and Potters Bar GC turned to Ecobunker Ltd for advice. Our solution was to reduce the angle of the sand [...]

Overcoming washout and contaminated sand at Druid’s Heath

Can revetting work in a parkland environment? By adopting our hybrid design option, Druids Heath GC is proof that our edging products can be adapted to site events very naturally, 60 miles from the sea, and at the same time solve significant maintenance challenges. Like many inland golf courses the bunkers at Druid’s Heath are unlined and characterised by high sand faces meeting a thin grassed lip. The results are, on many bunkers, frequent wash down, [...]

Rosslare golf course renovation on track for 2019 completion

Following a pilot project in March 2016, Course Manager Iain Wakeman decided to commit to a full golf course renovation starting in December 2016. Founded in 1905 , Rosslare GC is a well respected traditional rugged links that is highly ranked at Number 49 in Ireland. However, in the past the club has been ranked higher and was consistently considered to be among the top 25 courses in the country. So why the change? The club is [...]

TPC Sugarloaf $25m facelift includes EcoBunkers

The TPC Sugarloaf (Duluth, Georgia); a comprehensive $25 million face-lift is underway, with our synthetic revetments (or sod walls) transforming the bunker aesthetics. The TPC organization were familiar with our invention, and committed to a contract with IVI-Golf/Ecobunker Ltd after we demonstrated how our superior logistics and supply chain arrangements could service the fast track construction programme. We did not disappoint, delivering 200 pallets in less than 9 weeks, all on time and without compromising [...]

Titleist select Ecobunker for bunker renovation at it’s Acushnet HQ

Which golf bunkers get the highest rate of wear and tear? Take a look at the practice bunker at most golf courses and you will see the answer right there in front of you. Practice bunkers get a huge amount of play and as a result they are normally in a poor condition. Sometimes practice bunkers give a terrible first impression of a golf course. However, we at EcoBunker Ltd owe a lot to practice [...]

Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club converts to synthetic revetted bunker

Many heathland courses in the UK have revetted bunker edges. Lee on Solent was the very first genuine heathland course to convert to our synthetic turf system. After initial training from our Llewellyn Matthews, Head Greenkeeper, Jason Diment and his enthusiastic team has been steadily converting all their bunkers and they expect to complete the entire course in 2017. EcoBunker has also provided assistance with drainage issues on some bunkers, and others where used astroturf [...]

Skylark Golf lead the way in bunker maintenance with EcoBunker

Is it possible to construct bunkers that require no maintenance whatsoever? Clearly the answer is NO, but Skylark’s bunkers are probably as close as you can get to zero bunker maintenance. By the end of 2017 all of the 45 bunkers on the course will have ecobunker’s faces and edges, and an undersand liner, creating fully sealed bunkers. Maintenance will be considerably lower as a result, but Skylark’s Head Greenkeeper, and Hampshire County Golfer, [...]

Nick Faldo designed Chart Hills converting to EcoBunker

Chart Hills was designed by Sir Nick Faldo and has received many fantastic accolades like the Rolex Top 1000 Courses in the World, as well as in the top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland within several renowned golfing journals. Chart Hills has regularly played host to a number of high profile golfing events like European Tour Qualifying School and hosted the Ladies European Tour and Ladies English Open. At present Chart Hills [...]

Pennard Golf Club renovation – The links in the sky

Our company was founded and is owned by a design professional. We appreciate the immense value that good design can add to a bunker project, so when we get the opportunity to work alongside world leading architects we regard it as a great honour. Our staff have worked closely with Nicklaus, Plater, Devlin, Whelchel, Hurdzan, Weed, Swan, Krause, Westenborg and very recently at Pennard Golf Club with Tom Doak. Known as ‘The Links in the Sky’ [...]

5 star GEO Royal Ostend GC turns to Ecobunker for new bunkers

Royal Ostend GC, designed by Seymour Dunn in 1903, is the only True Links golf course in Belgium. The club upholds all the virtues of traditional links style golf and is also very aware of its environmental responsibilities. One of the pioneers in Ecological Management Planning, the club is now the only course in Belgium to hold a 5 STAR GEO (Golf Environment Organisation) accreditation. Recent works by EcoBunker Ltd will further bolster the clubs’ [...]

Haste Hill Municipal Golf Course gets EcoBunker refresh

Not too many Municipal Golf Courses can claim to have been designed by a world leading architect. Haste Hill , operated by Hillingdon Borough Council can. H.S.Colt, regarded by many peers as the most influential golf course designer of all time, worked on the development of Haste Hill in the 1920’s. Although possibly on the short side compared with modern golf courses, the layout and routing is very interesting and features some superb challenging holes. [...]

Low maintenance bunkers at Lingdale Golf Club deliver aesthetic

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 [...]

Historic Clyne Golf Club continues to convert to EcoBunker

“Clyne Golf Club, steeped in history, focussed firmly on the future”; a bold positive statement made on the club website which also helps explain the club’s decision to set about renovating their bunkers using EcoBunker. Clyne GC was designed by possibly the most famous golf course architect of them all, Harry S Colt, during the 1920’s, regarded many as the Golden Age of course design. Situated high up on a gorse clad common, with spectacular views [...]

No more wash down at Royal Winchester Golf Club

What style of bunker suits a Downland golf course? Royal Winchester had for many years struggled to maintain their combination of rolled in turf and sand faced bunkers, battling voracious burrowing badgers and the effects of sand wash down. They eventually found the answer in EcoBunker, which delivered badger proof banks, and a gentler sand profile which was much more resilient to sand wash down. Downland turf, especially in summer produces great fast and firm conditions [...]

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