Bunker digging on Simapo Island in Haikou, China--A new project by Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design
Reworking the right side of the par 3 17th at Hardelot Les Pins. The little bunker ridge in the foreground was added in the field by Hochstein Design. Natural sand provides many opportunities.
Roughing up revetted bunker edges to make them fit with the rest of the course and Tom Simpson's style.
The rebuilt 14th green at Les Pins is dynamic and deep at 46 paces long. The front is a narrow strip on a shelf, and the back wraps right behind the bunker.
The 9th at Sallandsche, a 1930s course with real heathland elements.
Hole 17 bunkering at Sallandsche in Diepenveen, The Netherlands. This was the first hole done in a full bunker renovation with Dutch architect Frank Pont.
The revitalized short par 3 8th hole at Orinda CC following tree removal, bunker restoration, short grass addition, and green rebuilding+expansion
William Watson's 8th hole at Orinda closer up from the right, highlighting the dramatic falloff left and behind
Fresh edge work done by Hochstein Design on Hole 6 at Sallandsche. Hochstein design performed the shaping, finish work, and edge cutting for all 37 bunkers.
Micro contouring where the bunker once stood on the same 6th hole at Sallandsche. The whole green surrounds were worked here to remove unnecessary and unnatural mounding.
The reworked 8th hole greenside bunker--one of the more subtle but elegant bunkers we built.
New fairway bunkering on the 12th hole guards the ideal outside line into the green.
Hole 13 at Sallandsche, where the right bunker and small mounds off the green were removed to expose one of the most interesting and difficult hole locations on the course.
The 16th hole at Sallandsche with hole 14 bunkers in backdrop. Always think about every viewing angle.
Revamped 2nd hole bunker freshly shaped at Orinda Country Club, a renovation project by architect Todd Eckenrode.
Mounding removed and green expanded at the 2nd at Orinda, with finish work here completed by Hochstein Design. Note the 4th hole green and bunkers now visible.
The second hole and its gloriously restored views just after re-opening
New bunkering on the beautiful 4th hole at Orinda fits in with the both the golf course and regional typologies.
Hole 13 at Orinda, where the left side was opened up to provide a way onto the green around the small front bunker, which used to extend all the way up the hill on the left.
The 13th fresh after re-opening
Freshly shaped large bunker and completed greenside bunkers on the 14th hole at Orinda.
Shaped left greenside bunker and reworked corner of the narrow, angled 14th green at Orinda, a green altered by Tillinghast.
The 14th green with its angle further emphasized after work to the left side and bunkers
Old bunker sand used to "naturalize" boundary and former fence line of the famous 15th hole at Orinda.
Fairway detail contours during grow-in at Dismal River in Nebraska, a recently opened course designed by Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf
The rebuilt 18th green and approach, which was bunkerless prior. The ground game is emphasized with feeder slopes on the right of the uphill par 5 green.
Creating a dune form and bunkers at Simapo Island
Hand finishing a bunker at Simapo Island
Making shadow-catchers and tying into grow-in at Dismal River Red Course
Newly grassed river hole at Simapo Island with a focus on scale and horizon lines
Grow in and new seed on the 15th at Dismal River
California Golf Club hole 12 bunkers prior to restoring overgrown edges to that of the MacKenzie style of the recent rebuild of the course
Cal Club hole 12 after re-edging
Fairway contouring at Simapo Island
Hand finishing bunkers for grassing at Simapo Island
Green tie-in work emphasizing interest where the horizon meets the backdrop. All rake work due to steep drop off at the back of the green
Shaping the second half of a par 5
Bunker hand finish work maintaining the original excavator line. Less is more!
Quick grass line ideas and communication to afar at Simapo Island
First ever crack at digging a bunker--now no longer existing!
Rake shaping contours on a ridge and green surrounds to add extra interest
Simapo greenside bunker after hand finish
Simapo greenside bunker after grow in maturity
Simapo greenside bunker after final edge finish
Quick shape and clean up
Naturally flowing tee complexes at Simapo Island, Tom Doak's first design in China
Shadows catching the contours of the small peninsula 5th green and the lower area at the Schoolhouse 9, an exciting throwback project in the world of golf taken on with designer Mike McCartin.
The 8th hole of the Schoolhouse 9 has the largest bunkering on the course to both fit the scale of the Blue Ridge Mountains and grab the attention of drivers rounding US-211 into Sperryville.
The tricky little 6th of the Schoolhouse 9 as viewed from behind. Play safely away from the creek and face a delicate up-and-over pitch or putt to a narrow fallaway green
Bunker revetting at St Andrews Old Course
Natural blowout bunker at Askernish off of the golf course site
Natural blowout bunker after cleaning up and stabilizing in the tradition of Old Tom Morris
The lads and yours truly playing in the sand at Askernish
Green tie-in work reclaiming a feeder slope into green
Tee finishing at Simapo Island
Finish edging at Fazenda Boa Vista--Porto Feliz, Brazil. Design by Arnold Palmer Design Company with lead associate Thad Layton.
Sod work to lift up the front profile of a bunker at Fazenda Boa Vista.
Splitting a bunker in order to differentiate it from another bunker in view at the tee. Before image.
After image of the bunker split. Due to the established grass, handwork was the chosen method here and elsewhere to save on repairs.
Finish sand pro work and tie-ins around the 18th green at Boa Vista.
Behind view of the 18th at Boa Vista after completing surrounding finish work
The 10th hole "blowout" bunker inspired by my time in the Nebraska Sandhills. This is right after completing the hand finish work with rake and shovel.