Several years ago, one of the oldest courses in our town planted legumes and fescue in several bunkers that grew a few inches high. These were genuine hazards to avoid. Very difficult to play out of. But "grass bunkers" were in the original course plans from early 1900's. Best, -Marv
Exactly. Bunkers with finely maintained sand are as much a hazard as light greenside rough. Penalty is not much more than an nGIR.
Come to think of it our friends across the pond got it right with pot bunkers. Less footprint so less sand required and less chance of sand getting washed away. And damn, they seem like legit jail.
Having said them white soft sanded bunkers are so.......welp, upscale. Great character value. They sure easy on the eyes. 😊