Course-wide overhaul employs cutting-edge Capillary Concrete™ bunker liner system
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. – Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Casa Verde Golf completed a comprehensive bunker renovation improving all 76 bunkers, totaling more than 90,000 square feet, at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. The scope of the project, which began in early June, included the extraction of existing sand, replacing or repairing drainage, recapturing original bunker edges, installing Capillary Concrete™ bunker liner system and installing new "Wedge White" bunker sand.
"Bunkers are notoriously expensive and labor intensive to maintain over time," said Jeff Schwinkendorf, Vice President of Casa Verde Golf. "They flood when drainage becomes clogged; the sand washes away with heavy rain and gets contaminated with soil; they get dried out and crusty in hot weather; it’s always something. Capillary Concrete™ allows us to remedy those issues to improve playability, aesthetics, and long-term maintenance in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way."
This innovative product, made of light-weight aggregates and polymers, is mixed much like traditional concrete, poured and smoothed-out over the native soil. Once dry, bunker sand is filled over the top. In wet conditions, Capillary Concrete™ allows water to drain through to the ground instead of pooling in the sand. Conversely, it pulls moisture up from the soil into the sand during dry conditions. The unique two-way action of draining and wicking helps to maintain the ideal moisture level for consistently good sand in all weather conditions. It virtually eliminates wash-outs, soil contamination, plugged ball lies and other bunker maintenance problems. To date, Capillary Concrete™ has been installed at hundreds of golf courses on five different continents, with excellent results in all climates.
To further enhance the outcome of the project, the new bunker sand was upgraded to "Wedge White" to create a vivid contrast aesthetically in addition to much-improved playability.
"Feedback has been great," said Tom Horaney, General Manager of Tijeras Creek Golf Club. "It’s really a win-win situation for golfers who benefit from increased playability. Plus, it lessens the time needed by our maintenance team to keep the bunkers up to our standards. It’s well worth the investment."
"We knew the renovation would create a buzz in the Orange County golf community," said Schwinkendorf. "Pacific Life, the property owner, challenged us to elevate the quality of the golf course without closing down during construction. So, we worked with the club’s staff to facilitate golf traffic with minimal disruptions. Despite logging nearly 250 daily rounds during construction, we completed the project in less than four months."
About Casa Verde Golf
Casa Verde Golf is a licensed, bonded and insured firm focused on golf course construction and renovation projects of all sizes and scope. With an unwavering drive of providing the finest workmanship throughout all endeavors, Casa Verde Golf is focused on delivering the highest level of service in the golf construction industry. With a proven track record, Casa Verde Golf’s recent work includes numerous projects spanning the country with a concentration in the southwest region. Visit casaverdegolf.com to get more information, or call (480) 400-1196. You can also follow Casa Verde Golf on Twitter at @CasaVerdeGolf.
About Tijeras Creek Golf Club
Located in Rancho Santa Margarita, near Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, the Ted Robinson-designed Tijeras Creek Golf Club is the tale of two nines. The course layout at opens with a demanding front nine highlighted by water features that come into play on four of the nine holes. The back nine is legendary for its breathtaking scenery, and awe-inspiring elevation changes as it winds through old-growth sycamores, oaks and native chaparral, including the signature par-3 16th hole. A popular venue for many prestigious outings and events, Tijeras Creek has played host to the Women’s Pac-10 Championships, along with the Men’s and Women’s Big West Championships. In addition, Tijeras Creek Golf Club is one of only four daily fee facilities in the state to have hosted the Southern California Amateur Open. For more information, visit www.tijerascreek.com, or call (949) 589-9793.
About OB Sports
Tijeras Creek Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry. OB Sports currently manages around 65 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States, while expanding its international footprint to include Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, and Dumbarnie Golf Links in Fife, Scotland. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. Named a Top 100 Business in Golf by the National Golf Foundation in 2018, visit obsports.com to get more information, or call (480) 948-1300. Become a Fan of OB Sports on Facebook, follow OB Sports on Twitter, or visit the OB Sports YouTube channel.
Jeff Schwinkendorf | (480) 400-1196