Monday, May 7, 2012

Coquina Waste Bunkers

Without question we have experienced an extremely busy golfing season over the past few months.
The amount of play and golf cart traffic have had a negative impact on our Coquina Waste Bunkers through compaction. Although the waste bunkers are raked twice weekly, the excessive compaction is not allowing our raking machines to penetrate down into the aggregate. The hardened surface has been proving difficult to hit from for all levels of golfers.
To address the situation, a self propelled roto-tilling machine was rented to penetrate down 3 inches and soften the material.

The rented machine, a Dingo skid steer machine from Toro with a cultivating attachment, was able to go down 3 inches and relieve the compaction the Coquina sand

Once the sand material was cultivated, one of our bunker raking machines, using a mid mounted scarifying attachment was used to smooth the surface. The end result was a much softer and forgiving playing surface for all. As an added bonus, the deep orange color of the Coquina shell was returned providing a great contrast between it and the dark green turf.

The Green and Grounds Committee is always listening to member feedback and continues to look for ways to improve the golfing experience for all members. Over the summer of 2012, several Coquina areas are planned to have their size reduced without affecting the integrity of the golf course.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at

Posted by David Dore-Smith
Director if Golf Course and Grounds Maintenance
Copperleaf Golf Club

Location:Copperleaf Golf Club

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