Bunker Project Begins at TPC San Antonio Canyons Course


Following a successful renovation of the Oaks Course, TPC San Antonio and the TPC Network are turning their attention to executing a bunker renovation on the Canyons Course.

“The restoration of the bunkers on the Canyons course will restore strategy, playability, maintainability and elevate the course even further as we seek to provide optimal playing conditions for Tour players, our club members and resort guests. “said the general manager of TPC San Antonio. Matt Flory said.

Chris KleinsmithDuininck’s project manager for the Oaks renovation and now the Canyons renovation, took the opportunity to return to San Antonio to work with Rich Brogan and the TPC network.

“Communication and continuity are key on these projects, and familiar faces create quick and open bonds between the team, builder, superintendents and various managers,” Kleinsmith said. “Rich is always easy to work with and our collective cohesion facilitates progress and makes results more predictable.”

While the Oaks project focused on overall infrastructure, work on the Canyons is solely a bunker improvement project. Existing sand, drainage and surrounding turf will be removed along with bunker faces and floors remodeled to match the original course design.

“Most of the work on the Oaks was not visible,” Kleinsmith said. “The overall functionality of the course has been improved, but artistically our revisions weren’t as noticeable as the improvements on The Canyons will be.”

“Projects like this aim to create consistent quality conditions in all areas of the golf course,” said the general manager of Duininck Golf. Judd Duininck said. “Golfers appreciate consistency and project managers like Chris focus on the details that matter. Players notice and care about the intricacies. Whether it’s the speed of the greens, the lies in the fairway, or the firmness of the sand, we want all facets of the experience to be equal and remarkable. Current bunker conditions do not allow maintenance personnel to provide this critical consistency, and that is the change we need to make here.

“This restoration project will provide the maintenance team with much easier to maintain bunkers, while giving more visually pleasing shapes and definitions to the sand features,” said Duininck Golf, Business Development Manager. Sam Duininck added. “Duininck Golf’s expectation is to leave every property in better condition than it was, whether visible or not.”


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