As a follow up to our blog about the Naturalization of Kelowna Springs Golf Course we also wanted to share with our golfers our goals and plans for bunker restoration.

Although the new rules of golf changes now allow us to ground our clubs in the bunker, we still aren’t allowed to take a practice swing to test the feel of the sand. We also aren’t allowed to ground our club behind the ball because doing so could push sand out of the way, making it possible for a cleaner contact. In order to know what bunker rules apply we first must know if the ball is actually in the bunker or not. Without a clearly defined edge, we can’t tell which rules to apply to the shot.

Bunker work will be on-going over the next few years. We have started with the green-side bunkers first as they tend to get the most play and are more integral to the overall golf experience from both a playability standpoint as well as an aesthetic one.

All but a select few bunkers have been restored around the greens.

We have now started the second stage of the plan which is fairway bunker restoration. This has included filling in some of the fairway bunkers because we feel they have no real importance from a strategic standpoint and let’s face it, golf is hard enough as it is.

We’re very excited about these changes and the changes which are to come in the future and we hope you are too! Remember, we’re here for a good time, not a long time, so get out there and have some fun!

If you have any questions about our Bunker Restoration or our Naturalization projects please stop and ask our Superintendent Gil next time you see him on the course.