Bunkers catch the eye, they are both visual and strategic elements – and therefore important for a good and attractive golf course.
Generally speaking, bunkers are, next to the greens themselves, the primary and most traditional playing element and obstacle in golf and by no means intended solely as a penalty. They offer the golfer options and challenge the decision-making process. Furthermore, they are probably the most important visual element and as such can greatly influence the golfer’s psyche – positively or negatively and visually enhance the course of play.
Bunker design is extremely diverse, individual and a matter of taste. The decision to implement a particular style ultimately depends on the overall design of the course, its environment, topography and the maintenance budget. In addition, the operating concept of the facility influences the bunker factor: a sporty members club demands more sophisticated bunkers than a facility that is heavily geared towards beginners. So there are no clear rules for the design of bunkers, individual customization is the right way to go.
Regardless of which style variant you choose in the end – the strategic function of the bunker should never be underestimated. In the end, it is much more than just a visual and design tool.