Sallandsche Golf Club, Diepenveen, Netherlands

This was a full bunker renovation of a village golf club in the east of Holland carried out with Dutch architect Frank Pont.  With time constraints and typical soil difficulties, it is rare that one person can do all of the shaping, all of the finish work, and all of the edge cutting on a single project.  With a nice sandy soil with a mix of organics though, that is the level of involvement we were able to have at Sallandsche.  The details matter, and whenever given the opportunity to work on them ourselves, we take it.    

  The 17th hole, with its angled cross bunkers, was the first hole we worked on at Sallandsche.

The 17th hole, with its angled cross bunkers, was the first hole we worked on at Sallandsche.

  The par 3 ninth hole at Sallandsche originally called for one large bunker on the right.  An existing irrigation line prompted an idea though to split the bunker in two, which would then also add more profile and visual interest to the bunkering.  Using principles gained from traveling to the Melbourne said belt, we were able to make it appear as 3 bunkers of different shapes and sizes.

The par 3 ninth hole at Sallandsche originally called for one large bunker on the right.  An existing irrigation line prompted an idea though to split the bunker in two, which would then also add more profile and visual interest to the bunkering.  Using principles gained from traveling to the Melbourne said belt, we were able to make it appear as 3 bunkers of different shapes and sizes.

  The 16th hole has the 14th green sitting behind it.  When working on those bunkers on 14, it was important not only to check how they looked from the 14th tee but also to check the view from the 16th fairway and green.  It is always important to consider every visual angle.

The 16th hole has the 14th green sitting behind it.  When working on those bunkers on 14, it was important not only to check how they looked from the 14th tee but also to check the view from the 16th fairway and green.  It is always important to consider every visual angle.

  The new bunker arrangement at the par 5 11th hole is set at an angle short of the green, which is one of the more interesting on the course, especially now that the old left greenside bunker is now a shortgrass hollow.  The new right greenside bunker was cut into and existing landform built by a previous architect.

The new bunker arrangement at the par 5 11th hole is set at an angle short of the green, which is one of the more interesting on the course, especially now that the old left greenside bunker is now a shortgrass hollow.  The new right greenside bunker was cut into and existing landform built by a previous architect.

  The second hole originally called for one bunker, but like the 9th hole, an irrigation line was in the way, which led us to split up the complex in two and save changing the line.  Like 9, the decision also led to a more visually interesting bunker complex.

The second hole originally called for one bunker, but like the 9th hole, an irrigation line was in the way, which led us to split up the complex in two and save changing the line.  Like 9, the decision also led to a more visually interesting bunker complex.

  The angled bunkering on the par 5 7th hole guards the ideal angle of   play, which is from the left.

The angled bunkering on the par 5 7th hole guards the ideal angle of play, which is from the left.

  The 10th hole at Sallandsche features a blowout that changes form as one walks past it and allows visibility of a far front right pin.  This is an example of an idea discovered by accident while working in the field.

The 10th hole at Sallandsche features a blowout that changes form as one walks past it and allows visibility of a far front right pin.  This is an example of an idea discovered by accident while working in the field.

  The long bunkering on the 8th hole at Sallandsche fits nicely with the subdued ground of the hole.

The long bunkering on the 8th hole at Sallandsche fits nicely with the subdued ground of the hole.

  The 8th hole greenside bunkers is simple but one of my favorites for how it turned out.

The 8th hole greenside bunkers is simple but one of my favorites for how it turned out.