Bunker rebuilding starts at the First hole .
The first stage of our bunker plan kicked off on the 14Th November with the fairway and Left and Right Greenside bunkers being reshaped on the 1st hole and a brand new practice bunker on the left hand side of the putting green ! New drainage has been installed and specially selected base liners and bunker edging laid by Eco Bunker . We are now well on the way to completion with just turfing and sand filling left to do .
Eco bunker are an Industry leading Bunker technology / consultancy company that have built on over 300 courses in 33 countries. Their goal is to provide sustainable materials that turn bunkers from liabilities and maintenance headaches into bunkers that clubs can be proud of . Their success stems from the fact that they have pioneered the use of recycled Astroturf into the majority of their bunkers and have developed different bunker liners to suit varying course ground types and drainage difficulties .
One such product that Thorpe`s new bunkers are now lined with is called Ecotech . This Polymeric material is a matrix of extruded filaments that knit together to provide a strong , resilient and porous base that prevents contamination ie sand mixing with clay the dreaded curse and also stopping stones rising into the sand from below .
We should see vast improvements in playability , reduced maintenance and far better drainage .
The bunkers are due to be finishished in a few weeks and once final turfing will need a period to take and bed in before they will be open for play . Thanking members for their continued patience while this transformation is taking place !