Company continues TPC Network Partnership with work on host course of the Valero Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (July 23, 2021) – Certified Golf Course Builder Duininck Golf has again joined constructive forces with the TPC Network, this time to touch up an already formidable PGA Tour host course.
Greg Norman’s Oaks Course is recognized as one of the most strategically challenging courses in the market, but its 53 bunkers were beginning to show signs of wear and in need of updating to keep the course competitively relevant.
A Par-72, 7,435-yard TPC course that sits in the heart of San Antonio was the stage for tour professional Jordan Spieth to take home a victory at the Texas Valero Open in April of this year.
Matt Flory, the General Manager of TPC San Antonio, says, “The new bunkers will be an enhancement both in playability and aesthetics. Not only will they provide a sharper contrast between bunker and surrounding turf, but the sand will better match the slope of greens and assist with the playability from those bunkers.”
Chris Kleinsmith, Duininck’s Project Manager, explains the rehabilitative scope a bit more specifically.
“We are adding Better Billy Bunker flooring to 53 bunkers (133,000 sqft) to help keep the new sand in them,” Kleinsmith said. “We remove old sand, check existing drainage, install gravel, polymer and add new sand.”
Duininck’s operations manager, Ahren Habicht added, “New bunker lining technology has helped the in-play maintenance of bunkers from all sides, reducing washouts during storm events and enhancing playability—a win-win for the golf course superintendent and players.”
Kleinsmith and Habicht have expressed their enjoyment regarding working with Tour event sites, and especially with the TPC’s project manager, Rich Brogan and PGA Tour designer Les Clayton.
Duininck Golf just recently commenced a three-year, three-phased project at TPC Louisiana with the final phase ending in early 2021, just prior to the start of the Zurich Classic.
“We’re honored to have our work put to the test by the world’s best players and, both (Rich and Les) are straightforward, knowledgeable and flexible with these renovations,” Kleinsmith says. “They have high standards, and we make it a point to check every box to meet their expectations.”
Flory gets to see the results of those checked boxes daily and during the PGA event, after the work is done.
“TPC San Antonio gets better every year, and we love working with the host organization and our Tour family to accommodate the best players in the world and to be a part of the impact the Valero Texas Open has on the community each year.”