Part 3 of Riviera Puts Ross Back into it’s Bunkers

Eric von Hofen and Riviera CC #13 fairway bunkers
We are very lucky with our location in Florida and the different types of sand we have at our finger tips. I looked for three different types of sand that we could use to build a test bunker showing how the sand played and compared to the existing sand on the course. There would be four sands to hit from and compare. I wanted one that was fine, one that was angular, one that was a mix of the two and the existing sand. Each one of these sands drained differently, had a different shade of white and most importantly had a different pentrometer reading. This reading is so important because it measures the resilience to produce a fired egg. Higher the number has less of a chance the golf ball will plug in the sand and become unplayable. The UGSA has pentrometer guidelines for helping select sand. Now the price comes in to play. Shipping cost from three different areas of Florida had to be looked at. Each sand came from a different mine and was processed differently. The angular was the most expense because of how it was processed. Price per ton was shocking. We selected a sand in the middle and it is working great. The sand holds some moisture in the bottom of the bunkers and holds well on the faces. The moisture helps to prevent plugged lies. Below is the test bunker we built at Riviera.
Eric von Hofen and the test bunker at Riviera CC
Summary of the project:
Objectives-Remove old sand and rocks in the bunkers.
Remove and replace old bunker liners.
Redesign the bunkers to update the look to a classic Donald Ross design.
Design bunker faces to change surface flow of the water to prevent washouts.
Increase the playability and beauty of the golf course.
Eric von Hofen and Riviera CC #14 bunkers
This $325,000 bunker project was the best and most effective way to change the look and playability of the course. We started with 112,500 square feet of bunker area and we removed 44,000 square feet. The new bunker area ended up being 68,500 square feet. The views from every tee box have changed so much that each time you are teeing off you stop and your eye is drawn sand and shapes in front of you. It takes you back to a period of time when bunkers were designed and installed into the current land and not just a round area of sand called a bunker. The course remained open for play during the project with only hole closers on the hole we were working on at that time. The project was completed in 52 days. Small price to pay for such a great finished product. The Riviera members were very supportive during the project and love the final results. I hope you have enjoyed this 3 part series on this bunker project.
Watch this video below to see the before, during and after product on a hand full of bunkers at Riviera.

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