How to Build a Golf Course Bunker

Written by kevin d. boehler
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Bunkers on a golf course increase the difficulty of the course. Building a bunker in your backyard gives you a wonderful practice aid to learn how to escape from sand bunkers when you play golf. How large, deep and wide to make the bunker is up to you.

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Things you need

  • Sand
  • Shovel
  • Spray paint
  • Landscape fabric

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    Select where the bunker will be placed and make sure there is enough room around the bunker to play chip shots. It is a good idea to find an existing depression in the yard so there is less soil to shovel.

  2. 2

    Decide on the shape and size of the bunker and outline the area with spray paint.

  3. 3

    Dig out the bunker, making sure that the deepest part is in the middle, with a gentle slope up to the edges. How deep to make the bunker is up to you. If you want a bigger lip, then a deeper bunker is required.

  4. 4

    Line the bunker with landscape fabric to keep weeds and grass from growing and to keep the sand clean.

  5. 5

    Fill in the bunker with sand. Generally, it should be 4 to 6 inches in the deepest part and 2 inches around the edges.

Tips and warnings

  • Rake the sand smooth to create a nice playing surface.
  • Check for underground pipes and wires before digging.
  • Install safety nets to catch errant shots that might go into your neighbour's yard.

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