Caspar Grauballe has completed a bunker renovation at Hedeland Golf Club in Hedehusene, Denmark.
“I got involved with the club as they were having difficulties with one of their greens that was very steep and with very few pinnable areas,” said Grauballe. “We ended up redesigning two greens and green surrounds that then led to the creation of a development plan for the rest of the course.
“The main point of the development plan was the bunkers that over the years had deteriorated and had become impossible to maintain at a satisfactory standard. The placement and size of many of the bunkers had also become outdated and a new strategy for the bunkering of the course was created. The aim was to create attractive bunkers that would emphasise the strategic element of the game and at the same time reduce the total sand area on the course due to maintenance cost.”
Grauballe reduced the number of bunkers from 66 to 36 and reduced the sand areas by over 50 per cent.
To replace many of the greenside bunkers, Grauballe created run-off areas that he says will be less daunting for the average player, but still provide a solid challenge for the better players.
“The club carried out the work on one of the green surrounds themselves as they had a staff member who needed experience in construction,” said Grauballe. “The work for the remaining 15 green surrounds was carried out by Nelson & Vecchio, who completed the work on schedule and on budget. Starting in the middle of August 2019 and finishing in the middle of October – it was very impressive as they encountered quite a bit of poor weather.”
The course remained open during construction due to the club using two alternate holes that were created from the practice facilities.
Located near the city of Roskilde, the course — designed by Swedish architect Jan Sederholm in 1980 — was built on the site of an old gravel quarry that had been filled in with material from building sites around the greater Copenhagen area.
The course will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year by hosting the Danish Match Play Championships.