Diamante Celebrates Course Renovation Completion with HSV Chamber of Commerce
May 30, 2018 – Diamante Country Club celebrated the completion of its extensive course renovation with the Hot Springs Village Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s monthly Partner-Up Luncheon attended by fellow chamber members.
Diamante Country Club Completes Better Billy Bunker Renovation
Small piece of Augusta National comes to Arkansas Club
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR, April 2, 2018 – Diamante Country Club announced the completion of its bunker renovation and course improvement project today. The Ault, Clark and Associates design, consistently ranked in the top 3 courses in Arkansas, renovated 58 course bunkers with the Better Billy Bunker Method, created by former Augusta National superintendent Billy Fuller.
The forerunner to the Better Billy Bunker Method was first developed and applied by Fuller during his tenure as superintendent from 1981 – 1986 at Augusta National, site of this week’s Masters Tournament. The practice which eventually became known as the Billy Bunker Method and has evolved into today’s Better Billy Bunker Method was developed to minimize sand erosion and sand contamination from native soils during heavy rainstorms and is in place today at over 600 of the finest courses and clubs around the world.
The specifications involve a two-inch gravel layer applied over the bunker floor and herringbone tile system capped with a new polymer liner to keep the gravel below and the sand above it in place. The gravel serves as a conduit for water to transfer down the bunker floor slopes into the tile pipe system, thus greatly reducing and/or eliminating sand movement. The liner secures the gravel blanket and prevents native soils underneath from contaminating the preferred bunker sand that was installed overtop the liner. This method has consistently reduced manpower requirements in bunkers following rainstorms by 80 percent or more and makes for some of the best playing and beautiful bunkers in the game.
“It is our goal for Diamante Country Club to continue to be one of the best clubs in the southern United States, and the renovation of our bunkers and implementation of new quartz derived sand is another in a continuing line of improvements we have planned for this incredible layout,” said Rich Van Leeuwen, President of the Board of Directors at Diamante Country Club.
Diamante Country Club was purchased earlier this year by its members who hired Northbrook, Illinois based KemperSports to manage all aspects of the club. Along with the bunker renovation program, the club has applied an aggressive tree and shrub management program to open up hole corridors, improve sightlines and air circulation around greens and tees. In addition, the club is refinishing a large portion of the cart path surfaces throughout the course and has converted 12 bunkers into grass bunker areas.
Opened in 1995 Diamante Country Club consistently ranks as one of the top golf courses in the state, including current recognition by Golf Digest as the “No. 3 Course in Arkansas.” The 7,560-yard, par-72 layout is considered one of the more challenging and scenic tests of golf in the country with its undulating fairways, immaculate bent grass greens and significant elevation changes and emerging vistas of the Ouachita Mountain landscape.
Diamante Country Club remains a popular recreation and social hub of the Hot Springs Village community. Sprawling over 26,000 acres in the Ouachita Mountains of central Arkansas, Hot Springs Village represents the largest gated community in the country and is one of the most vibrant residential communities for social activities and outdoor recreation, including world-class golf, miles of hiking trails and 11 lakes for boating and fishing.
In addition to its renowned golf course, Diamante Country Club offers a dynamic member experience with a 9,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse with casual and fine dining options through multiple locations. The clubhouse amenities include substantial practice facility with large chipping area and driving range, pool and four lighted clay tennis courts.