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, was designed on behalf of the PGA Tour by Greg Norman Golf Course Design. Bunkers here have sharp distinctive edges, and relatively flat sand profiles (by comparison with many other PGA Tour venues). This style not only delivers striking aesthetics; maintenance is also easier as the design reduces sand washout considerably. Maintenance was a key consideration in this restoration project. In addition to the low maintenance, erosion proof bunker edges, the client also decided upon a Capillary Concrete base. The combination of EcoBunker and Capillary Concrete is tried and tested and effectively provides a free draining ‘tank’ which preserves sand purity and consistency.
The attention to detail has been exceptional. The intricate, but natural bunker shapes were delivered by contractor Macurrach with on site design guidance from Milan Moore (PGA Tour) and representatives from Greg Norman Golf Course Design. Material, a variant of the Permaedge design, was supplied to site via IVI-Golf, a USA based distributor acting on behalf of EcoBunker Ltd.