Strongest year to date in Sweden for bunker liner firm.
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, JANUARY 25, 2022 – Swedish bunker liner firm Capillary Bunkers has just closed the books on a stellar year in its home market. Across the Swedish golf industry, more courses redid their courses using Capillary Bunkers technology in 2021 than ever before. And the company believes 2022 could be just as strong.
Capillary Bunkers’ vice-president Max Odqvist says: “There were more rounds of golf played in Sweden in both 2020 and 2021 than ever before, and that translates into clubs willing to spend money on upgrading their courses. We have been in this market for a long time now – obviously, as we’re a Swedish company – and the product practically sells itself. I am based in Stockholm, and it has been fantastic to see so many courses in our immediate area choosing our product.
One course in the Stockholm region that has recently installed Capillary Bunkers is Djursholms Golfklubb. Founded in 1931, course manager Jonas Håkansson says it was a natural choice. “We need a liner to make our bunkers last longer,” he says, “Yes, the drainage is important, but it is also about the quality of the sand and to avoid things moving around in the bunkers. I can see a big difference between the new bunkers and the old ones on the nine hole course. In the new bunkers, the sand doesn’t move around so much, even though the faces of the new ones are steeper. We instaled Capillary Bunkers in one bunker on our nine hole course a few years ago as a test, so I had some reference, but we didn’t just immediately specify the product: I evaluated several of the bunker liners on the market. I just didn’t like them as much.”
Djursholms went through a major renovation project starting in 2020 with architect Casper Grauballe, with four completely new greens plus new surrounds and bunkers on the existing ones. “We have a naturalised grass edge to our new bunkers,” says Håkansson. “They were built using a plywood edge so we could use 15cm of good topsoil right round the bunkers and then put the turf on top of that. We let the plywood edge stay in the bunkers for the whole season until the roots had established and then removed it in the autumn.”
Just a few miles away, Stockholms Golfklubb has also put the Capillary Bunkers product in this year. Stockholms has recently completed Sweden’s first authentic golf course restoration project, putting back the original design by legendary architect Harry Colt and his partner John Morrison. Architect Christian Lundin, who oversaw the project, says he and the club chose to use Capillary Bunkers to secure the design’s long-term future: “When they built the course I’m certain they built to the best standards they can. The same is true nowadays. We’re not trying to restore 1932 maintenance standards. We want to give them a playing experience that matches what they had back then, but with modern standards.”
Head greenkeeper Andreas Wahlberg says that the use of a product like Capillary Bunkers will free up time for his team to focus on preserving the historical aesthetic of the new bunkers. “Over the years, like many older courses, we had lost the shape of the golf course, mostly to make it easier to maintain,” he explains. “The new bunkers will be more consistent and easier to maintain. If I’m not worrying about drainage then I can give more attention to maintaining a complex bunker edge.”
Across the country in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, Delsjö Golfklubb has also been working with Lundin on a recently completed course renovation. Working mostly with in-house resources, with assistance from contractor Nelson & Vecchio, Delsjö has installed Capillary Bunkers across the course, and is also using the revolutionary Capillary Wash Box to preserve its sand in good condition.
Elsewhere in the Stockholm region, the 27-hole Haninge Golfklubb has installed Capillary Bunkers with assistance from architect Lundin and contractor Nelson & Vecchio.
Other courses across the country that have rebuilt bunkers using the product in 2021 inlcude Saltsjöbaden (with Casper Grauballe), Wäsby, Fågelbro, Västerås (all with Johan Benestam), Wermdö, with Pierre Fulke, Örebro, Nyköping and Björkhagen.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. At the core of our solution, Capillary Bunkers is a patented and engineered polymer-based concrete. It is the only building material that can rapidly drain water while also moving water up. Capillary Bunkers’ cutting-edge, patented technology helps you control water in any climate, season, and soil type, providing better, more consistent playing experiences while reducing costs. http://www.capillaryconcrete.com
2. Capillary Bunkers is recognized as the world’s leading and most advanced bunker liner, and the most durable bunker construction method. It allows water to flow through the base of the bunker while keeping sand on the faces and preventing washouts, keeping bunkers in perfect shape during any weather condition. Over 800 courses around the world have built or renovated their bunkers with Capillary Concrete, including dozens of golf’s top 100 courses.
3. Photography to support this release can be downloaded from this Dropbox link and should be credited to Max Odqvist.
Issued by Adam Lawrence, Oxford Golf Consulting
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