Seaton Carew to sustainably renovate its bunkers24th August, 2012 by Tania Longmire
Seaton Carew Golf Club in Hartlepool will sustainably renovate all of its south-facing bunkers by the time it hosts the Brabazon Trophy in 2014.
The club has experienced erosion on its bunkers and has undertaken costly forms of renovation projects for several years. However, it has now undergone a completely new approach.
“Our bunkers suffer with severe burn off due to sweeping winds that blow sand over the faces,” said Jim Cockburn, honorary treasurer. “This causes rapid turf degradation and results in erosion. We undertake expensive bunker renovation on an annual cycle.”
The club commissioned one EnviroBunker, a drought tolerant bunker made of recycled materials that requires no reconstruction and has a design life of more than 20 years, to be constructed on its course last year, and was happy with the results.
“We quickly decided to commit to a widescale bunker renovation project, focussing firstly on all south-facing bunkers before 2014, by entering into a ‘licence and supply’ agreement with Envirosports,” added Jim.
“Having completed the initial training we are now able to build EnviroBunker, under licence, using our own greenstaff. The results have dumbfounded even our harshest critics. This is an opportunity to improve all our bunkers whilst significantly reducing our maintenance costs.”
Rhydian Lewis, director at Envirosports, added: “’Envirosports offers a full construction service, but many clubs like Seaton Carew prefer to self-build using the EnviroBunker method, purchasing the material along with the right to use this protected design. All our clients have benefitted from our thorough training, an essential requirement for licence and supply contracts.”