Bunker Sand


Generally, there are four major areas that must be considered when evaluating bunkers. These are sand selection, architecture, construction, and maintenance.
Selecting the proper sand for bunkers is arguably the most difficult of these four areas. The makeup of the sand strongly impacts maintenance and playing quality. The sand can also influence the architecture and style of construction of bunkers.

There are seven factors that should be considered when selecting the sand.

  • Particle size
  • Particle shape and penetrometer value
  • Crusting potential
  • Chemical reaction (pH) and hardness
  • Infiltration rate
  • Color
  • Overall playing quality

Values for and interpretation of particle size, shape and penetrometer value, crusting potential, chemical reaction and hardness, and infiltration rate all should be determined by an accredited physical soil testing laboratory. Color and overall playing quality are highly subjective values that are based on personal preference.