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Golf Course Bunker Design

November 21st, 2022

The placement and the use of bunkers is probably one of the most important considerations in designing a golf course. Bunkers help define the landing areas, it make for a visually exciting golf course and in many cases they are what makes the course strategically challenging. There are a variety of styles of bunkers. On a public daily fee golf course, you would probably have less bunkers than you would on a private or a destination golf course. The capes might not be as dramatic and therefore they might be less challenging to play out of and a little bit easier to take care of.

What are you referring to when you say the “cape” of the bunker? The cape is the crown of grass that comes over the top of the bunker, the mound on the back side of the bunker that adds some elevation change. If those capes are very steep and dramatic, they are probably a little more difficult to maintain. Depending on how dramatic they are, they could require a little more manual labor, raking of the sand and maybe even some hand mowing.

What are your thoughts about “hidden bunkers?” I think the holes that people seem to remember and like the most are the ones where they can see everything unfold in front of them. They can see all the bunkers; they can see the water hazards and the wetlands. You want to be able to see the hole when you’re preparing to hit your shot so you can make an informed decision on how to play it

Generally we would not put bunkers behind a green where they can’t be seen. However, there are times where we might propose a “catch” bunker or a “savior” bunker in that location. If for instance there is water behind the green, we may put a bunker behind the green to gather a shot that trickled off the green, rather than penalize a player with a full one stroke penalty for going off the edge.

Usually we’re using bunkers to frame the holes and define the landing area. Those can be a cross bunker, which we put in the fairway to provide direction. If it happens to be a carry bunker, you can get a little kick off the backside of the bunker if you can carry it with your shot. It’s the risk reward aspect of design.

A New Luxurious Spa Experience Awaits at the Quapaw Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Arkansas

April 1st, 2022

People come from all over the world to Hot Springs, Arkansas to enjoy and relax in the legendary natural spring water that is some of the purest in the world. The most unique National Park in existence, and the only one in an urban setting, Hot Springs has traditionally offered a very unique historic experience to spa goers.

That’s because in 1832, recognizing the importance of this natural asset, Congress set aside the natural hot springs site as a federal reservation, making Hot Springs National Park the first federally protected area in the national park system.

The heyday of “Bathhouse Row” was in the 1920s through the 1940s when people flocked to the area to bathe in the naturally healing water. Beautiful, ornate bathhouses were built along Central Avenue to accommodate the crowds, which included Presidents, opera singers, gangsters and famous baseball players.

But with the advent of a new lease program, the National Park Service has opened up an opportunity which allows developers to come in and offer the finest, purest spring water in the world to a new generation of consumers looking for a more luxurious spa experience.

The Quapaw Bathhouse, a beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival built in 1922, has been completely renovated. The most impressive exterior feature is the large central dome featuring brilliantly colored mosaic tiles and capped with a small copper cupola. Directly above the entrance is a cartouche with a carved Indian head set into the decorative double-curved parapet. The Indian motif, found throughout the building, was used to reinforce the legend, that the Indians had discovered the magical healing powers of the spring and cave now housed in the building’s basement.

This unique natural steam cave has been recently opened to the public, and this particular spring contains one of the highest mineral contents of all of the area springs. A small ‘man built’ cave created during the construction of the building surrounds the spring today and allows the radiant heat from the naturally flowing 143-degree water to gather in the room.

It took the investment group made up of four partners nearly a decade to pull together the financing, meanwhile the Stockmarket was “crashing” and they had to go through the process a second time.

“We were fortunate that Superintendent Josie Fernandez went to bat for us,” says Taylor as the layout of the historic building would have to be altered some to make it work for today’s market. In fact the building won a historic design award.

A variety of facials lasting from 25 to 50 minutes are available using Éminence Organic products which are created using European certified, premium quality herbs, fruits, and flower buds, only with no harsh preservatives or chemicals.