Golfers don’t know it, but bunkers are a huge expense

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim September 11, 2014 06:04 Updated

A golf club in Birmingham, or at least its insurers, is facing a six-figure bill after a flash flood damaged several of its bunkers.

The story is a stark reminder to golf clubs – and an eye opener to golfers – that bunkers can be a huge expense.


Little Aston Golf Club found that more than 90 bunkers were swamped following two hours of torrential rain at the end of July. The sand in them, according to the Birmingham Post, was ‘wrecked’.

Greenkeepers were able to restore about a quarter of the bunkers but the remainder were put out to contractors, leaving the club’s insurers with a six figure insurance bill.

‘The aftermath of the electric storm left frustrated golfers unable to play out of the bunkers which had been reduced to swollen pits brimming with water after the midsummer downpours,’ said the paper.

Club manager Glyn Ridley said: “This was an extreme weather event and we have had to put in an insurance claim.

“There were four to five inches of rain followed by hailstorms and it filled the bunkers up and ruined the sand.

“There was an hour of thunder and lightning and then hailstorms. It has never happened before and was a real shock.

“But it has drained very well – this is an extremely well-draining golf course. The sand has had to be dug out and replaced.

“We have 93 bunkers and there were 28 we have had to do ourselves and the rest went out to contractors.

“It has completely ruined the whole of the sand.”


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim September 11, 2014 06:04 Updated
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