One of the biggest-ever orders for the British innovation the Bunker Plug, is being installed at The Evian Masters Golf Club, France, host of the 2013 Evian Championship, the first women’s Major golf tournament to be staged in continental Europe.
Formerly known as the Evian Masters, the event has been held since 1994 at The Evian Resort, located on the shore of Lake Geneva.
The Evian golf course has been remodelled and upgraded over the past 18 months to designs prepared by European Golf Design (EGD), Sunningdale, Berkshire, who have overseen the project from day one.
Included within the upgrade specifications were more than 80 Bunker Plugs to be installed in all of the golf course’s bunkers to help prevent flooding during periods of prolonged or torrential rain.
Former greenkeeper and Bunker Plug inventor, Jeremy Parkman, ( pictured ) who joined MJ Abbott’s sales and technical support team in 2010, visited The Evian Masters Golf Club last November to provide installation training to the course’s constructors and the greenkeeping staff. Jeremy told The Landscaper “Having given the presentation that led to EGD placing an order, I was very pleased to see the project through to the installation of the very first Bunker Plugs on the course
“Other golf course applications for the product include surface drainage in problem areas on fairways or as interceptors connected to channel drainage across cart tracks, eliminating the risk of blocked surface drainage or contamination of existing drainage pipes.”
When lowered to bunker subgrade level, the Bunker Plug’s grille can be replaced by a porous cap which allows the unit to be covered by sand, hidden from golfers and TV cameras, while still retaining the ability to remove water satisfactorily in the event of torrential rain. Changing from one position to the other takes just a matter of minutes.
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