Sierra Sage Golf
Bunker upgrades 2012
The 44 bunkers that dot the Sierra Sage Golf Course landscape are being upgraded and retrofitted this summer with a new drainage system which should improve overall conditions and course playability.
Conventional pipe is being removed which over the years has plugged with particles and calcified, causing poor drainage because the water cannot get into drainage pipes fast enough without backing up.
Work crews led by our course superintendent Marcus Fauls and his crew are replacing the old drainage pipe with a new Evaporative Control Systems “Chambers.” The gravity trap interface in ECS chambers cannot plug. All conventional filter traps (rock or fabric) eventually plug at the pipe opening.
Crews will place the system at the lowest point of each trap and then cover with the appropriate gravel bedding. They will also trim the grass from around the bunkers for better definition and continue the aggressive raking program.
“We will ultimately replace the old sand with a new sand product that meets USGA specifications that is whiter and a little heavier that will allow it to stay in place in our familiar winds,” says Sierra Sage Director of Golf Mike Mazzaferri.
The goal is to provide the best golf experience at Sierra Sage.
“We listened to our golfers say that our bunkers needed work. We started by adjusting the irrigation so we can limit the amount of water that hits the traps,” he said. “Now we are installing drainage that will move any water more quickly and efficiently out of the bunker surface.”
Early results are already reaping benefits, according to Sierra Sage regulars.
“Yes, the bunkers are in better shape and we notice that the new work has made them easier to get out of,” said Shawn Morris of Reno. Playing partner Jaysal Valenzuala agreed.
“The course is getting better and better every time we come out,” he said.
Crews should have the bunker work done before the fall season and we appreciate your patience as they work to improve your Sierra Sage Golf Course.