Bunker renovation at Phoenix course


Sean Dudley

Newly appointed management firm Fore Golf Management has completed a bunker renewal project at Stonecreek Golf Club in Phoenix, which it took over in May.

Originally designed more than thirty years ago by Pete Dye, and recently renovated by Hills-Forrest, Stonecreek's one problem was the condition of its greenside bunkers. Inconsistent sand and poor irrigation systems made escaping from bunkers very difficult.

“About 90 per cent of any complaints we received about the golf course were our bunkers,” said GM Jason Kronholm. “We had issues with both the sand quality and the drainage. It was a major project, but we knew it had to be done.”

Fore Golf appointed contractor Pro-Turf International to handle the bunker project. “We removed the old sand first, then we checked the drainage in each bunker, to see if there were problems we needed to address,” said Kip Wolfe of Pro-Turf. “After that we graded the bunker floors and faces, established new bunker edges and then installed the new bunker sand.” In total, PTI refurbished 26 greenside bunkers and one practice bunker.