When planning for the bunker renovation, we decided to use a different grass on the bunker banks. We chose turf type fescue( TTF) for its heat tolerance, color, and ability to handle extra stress such as foot traffic and sand build up on bunker faces. It has a similar look to kentucky bluegrass but has a wider leaf blade.
We purchased the sod from Sandy Creek in Monroe and tried it out on the fairway bunker on the north side of hole 9, the southern bunker on the short game area and both bunkers on seventeen and the results were great. Healthier, greener turf that required less hand watering, an easy sell to continue with this turf choice for the bunker renovation.
The key to establishing any new grass is to let it grow a little higher than what is desired and once established start to slowly drop the height when the conditions allow. Unfortunately for us, high temperatures and lack of rainfall forced us to keep the height higher on the banks this year. This caused some bad lies on the faces and had me answering a lot of questions. The answer most of the time was once conditions allowed we would slowly start to drop the height of the bunker faces.
We have lowered the height of the banks to more closely match the height of the roughs. Doing this takes a little extra time, but we should have all banks completed and at the new height by Thursday. While this is no guarantee that all balls will roll into the bunkers, it will greatly improve the chances that the balls do not get hung up on the banks. Thank you all for your understanding with this and allowing us to establish the turf correctly the first time around.
We also are slowly taking the new green expansion on #8 down to greens height. While not on purpose, it is a great example of why you slowly take the height down and do not hurry the establishment process.