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Target Products offers match to Ravensdale bunker sand

While the Western Washington source for the popular Ravensdale tan bunker sand might have dried up, golf course superintendents in this area don’t have to look far to find a first-rate replacement.

Target Products out of Abbotsford, B.C., has tested both its Baja tan and Bimini tan bunker sands and both have been found to be excellent replacements and additions for Ravensdale tan sand, either during normal maintenance of bunkers, or in any major bunker projects.

Target Products, which is being represented by Scott “Sandman” Mitchell (604-614-7875 or SMitchell@TargetProducts.com) , has been a full-service supplier of golf course sand in British Columbia and beyond since 1984. Its staff of agronomists, engineers, chemists and field technicians have been providing quality blending services to dozens of golf courses, including Bear Mountain in Victoria, Blackhawk in Edmonton and Turtle Bay in Hawaii. And USGA specifications are guaranteed for Target Products bunker sands.

Target Products used two different firms—Hummel & Co., out of Trumansburg, N.Y., and ISTRC New Mix Lab out of Lenexa, Kan.—to do tests to determine the compatibility of its Baja and Bimini sands to the Ravensdale tan bunker sand.

The moisture content was found to be less with either the Baja or the Bimini as compared to the Ravensdale sand and particle shape and size parameters were classify as the same.

“The penetrometer tests that measure resistance to golf ball burying in four conditions were very similar among the Ravensdale sand, straight, and the two mixes. The color was the color of the Ravensdale,” said the report out of ISTRC in Kansas.

“Based on the test results the mixes should play like the Ravensdale sand, straight,” the report continued.

The test results from Hummel had this to say about the Baja sand from Target Products, “The sample was clean in that there was little slit and clay present. As a result, there was little crusting of the sand after wetting and drying. This means that bunkers with this sand in place may not require raking after rainfall or irrigation events.”

The Hummel test also said the Baja sand had a penetrometer reading “suggesting a low tendency to bury the ball.”

These tests indicate that both the Baja sand and the Bimini sand both blend well with Ravensdale sand and can serve as replacement sand to Ravensdale with little or no impact on playability and/or notice from the golfers.

Complete test results are available through Scott Mitchell, or contact Scott with any questions about these tan bunker sands from Harrison Lake, the largest lake in the southern Coast Mountains of British Columbia.

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