The bunkers at the 6th hole were completed towards the end of last year and were done as a trial exercise or precursor to the overall bunker renovations/improvements on the Drumbridge nine, with the Ballydrain nine bunkers to follow in due course.
It is worth noting that throughout the very wet winter months, these bunkers were free draining and at no stage has the sand needed to be fixed or reinstated after heavy rainfall.
To have playable bunkers after any prolonged period of rain is not something we are used to seeing on the Drumbridge nine and hopefully this will also help to ensure that no bunkers will need to be deemed as GUR and/or the front nine can remain open for play more often during the winter.
The two previous large bunkers at either side of the green have been replaced with two (slightly smaller) new bunkers, with the front right hand bunker extending a little further out into the line of play from the tee.
The new turf has bedded in nicely and the grass height will gradually be reduced when mowing to encourage a good sward to develop.
From the tee, again the bunkers on both sides of the green are visually striking and some thought may need to be put into where the flag is located before hitting your tee shot into this green to make sure you don't short-side yourself in future!
Hole #7 summary to follow next.
6th April 2020