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Bunkers donít look natural on most golf course landscapes but it is hard to find a course without them. Most of us can only name a handful of designs. Is the reason lack of better alternatives to create interest and challenge and/or is it a fear to step outside the traditional design box to not include them somewhere in the course layout?
Carl,Yes we do accept bunkers in part for the reasons you suggest. Forrest Richardson and I wrote a whole book on the subject I am just curious to hear otherís opinions. Also would like to hear what other formal or informal hazards people might favor over them.
Carl,What did you want us to share? Happy to try to help.
Sean, I love bunkers, I think theyíre great especially if used in moderation. But I was just pointing out that very few bunkers if any for example on a Parkland course look natural. I try to use buff colored sand so they blend in a little bit more instead of bright white sand but still, itís hard to make a bunker look natural. Maybe no one cares which is why most all architects continue to use bunkers often probably because they feel they have to and/or there are not enough good alternatives to avoid them completely. Golfers wouldnít think itís a good golf course if there werenít bunkers.