Duininck progresses with bunker work on TPC San Antonio’s Canyons course

Duininck progresses with bunker work on TPC San Antonio’s Canyons course
Alice Chambers
By Alice Chambers

Duininck Golf is under way with a bunker project at TPC San Antonio’s Canyons course in Texas.

As part of the renovation, Duininck is reshaping bunker faces and floors to match Pete Dye’s original design. Duininck is aiming to improve maintenance and playing conditions, therefore making the layout more visually appealing with defined sand features.

“Restoring the bunkers on the Canyons course will restore strategy, playability and maintainability and elevate the course even more, as we look to provide optimal playing conditions for Tour players, our club members, and resort guests,” said Matt Flory, general manager at TPC San Antonio.

Sam Duininck, director of business development at Duininck, added: “This restoration project will provide the maintenance team with bunkers that are much easier to maintain, while also yielding more visually pleasing shapes and definitions to the sand features. Duininck Golf’s expectations are to leave every property better off than it was, whether visible or not.”

A bunker renovation was completed on the club’s Oaks course in July 2021.

“Communication and continuity are key on these projects and familiar faces create quick and open lines between the team, builder, superintendents and various managers,” said Chris Kleinsmith, project manager for Duininck. “While the Oaks project was more focused on overall infrastructure, the work on the Canyons is solely a bunker restoration project. The existing sand, drainage and surrounding turf will be removed with the faces and floors of the bunkers reshaped to match the original course design.

“Artistically, our revisions on the Oaks were not nearly as visible as the enhancements on the Canyons will be.”

Judd Duininck, general manager at Duininck, said: “Players notice and care about the subtleties. Whether it’s the speed of the greens, the lies in the fairway or the firmness of sand, we want all facets of the experience to be equally and noticeably great. The current conditions of the bunkers do not afford the maintenance staff the opportunity to provide that critical consistency and that’s the change we need to make here.”