QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, FEBRUARY 4 2022 – New bunkers built using technology from Capillary Bunkers and EcoBunker are changing the way that Australian course Burleigh GC does business.
Burleigh has had a difficult time of it in the recent past “When I arrived here in 2014, the club was heavily in debt, as a result of building a clubhouse in 2007, right at the start of the global financial crisis,” says general manager Ian Cottle. “After several years work we secured a land lease deal with retirement village developer RetireAustralia. The lease income sorted out our immediate financial difficulties, but the result of a decade of debt was that course expenditure had been kept very low during that time, and it desperately needed investment.”
Cottle says that the club had a lot of catching up to do! “The condition of our bunkers was a major issue,” he says. “So in 2020 we appointed Graham Marsh to work with us to develop an 18 hole bunker plan, and we did a test bunker on the twelfth hole. We didn’t rush into anything, we played the bunker for a while to establish that it worked well before addressing other bunkers on the course.”
At architect Marsh’s recommendation, Burleigh opted to go for a fully sealed bunker, with the EcoBunker synthetic edge technology and Capillary Bunkers liner. “Graham’s eighteen hole bunker plan is a wonderful reference point,” says Cottle. “After the twelfth, we did the eighteenth green surround, then the fourth, then the first. We’re still learning about this technology and ensuring the bunker presentation achieved is what we want, however the playability and drainage performance are excellent. We put a firehose on one of the bunkers to show that there was no ponding – and prove that Capillary Bunkers lives up to its reputationof being the best draining bunker liner on the market.”
Local contractor Mark Lawson of ProLinks is handling construction, while both products have been supplied by EcoBunker and Capillary Bunkers dealer Centaur AsiaPacific. “We recently finished the bunker at the first green, and it is a great improvement,” says Cottle. “When playing the hole, the greenside bunker could not be seen until you got to the green. Members knew it was there, but if you were a guest you would never know it was there until you were ten feet from the green. The Capillary Bunkers liner allows us to flash the sand higher up the face and now you can see it from a long way away.”
The new bunkers have been well received by Burleigh’s membership. “One of the biggest issues for golf clubs in Australia is retaining qualified greens staff,” explains Cottle. “Consequently, being able to save a lot of time on repairing the bunkers after rain is a huge benefit. When the club was struggling financially, we maintained the bunkers once a week and had exasperated members. Now we can afford more frequent maintenance and the Capillary lined bunkers require less maintenance work.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Capillary Bunkers is a patented and engineered polymer-based concrete. It is the only building material that can rapidly drain water while also moving water up. Capillary Bunkers’ cutting-edge, patented technology helps you control water in any climate, season, and soil type, providing better, more consistent playing experiences while reducing costs. http://www.capillaryconcrete.com
2. Capillary Bunkers is recognised as the world’s leading and most advanced bunker liner, and the most durable bunker construction method. It allows water to flow through the base of the bunker while keeping sand on the faces and preventing washouts, keeping bunkers in perfect shape during any weather condition. Over 800 courses around the world have built or renovated their bunkers with Capillary Bunkers, including dozens of golf’s top 100 courses.
3. Civil engineer Richard Allen invented the concept of synthetic bunker edges back in 2009 and founded EcoBunker Ltd. in 2014. Since then, the EcoBunker method has been used to build bunkers on around 400 courses in 34 countries.
4. Allen later modified his original construction method (which was patented in 2013) to create the EcoBunker Advanced system, introduced in 2016. EcoBunker Advanced uses a cement-modified backfill to create extra stiffness and stability, creating stronger revetted walls. EcoBunker welcomes enquiries concerning its system, which is patent pending, and invites anyone interested in it to make contact via ecobunker.co.uk.
5. EcoBunker supplies its product across the world through a network of distributors. The company also provides full contracting and project management services for bunker builds.
6. Both Capillary Bunkers and EcoBunker will be attending the GCSAA show in San Diego on February 7-8. Find them in booth 2615 (Capillary Bunkers) and booth 2512 (EcoBunker).
5. Photography to support this release can be downloaded from this Dropbox link.
Issued by Adam Lawrence, Oxford Golf Consulting
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