From humble beginnings at a typical members club in the heart of the South Wales Valleys, to the appearance of the product at the LPGA Tour Championships and PGA Tour, the journey of our synthetic bunker product has been an extraordinary one.
The origins of the product can be traced back to Maesteg Golf club, where Durabunker MD, Rhydian Lewis, has been a life long member, and remains actively involved as a member, the golf club having completed the latest stage of Bunker renovation under licence, with Durabunker Ltd in Autumn 2017. It was here that the product was co-developed by Lewis, initially though the building of small scale models and followed by the first ‘in situ’ build during a re-modelling of a par 3 at the course, that Durabunker MD, who at the time was Chairman of Greens, managed.
The company Envirosports Ltd was co-founded by our current MD in 2009 as a vehicle to realize the commercial potential of the synthetic bunker edge and over the subsequent months and years, the development of the product continued with various grades of material, along with different processing techniques and construction methodologies being used.
As one of the original developers of the product, Lewis became the full time Director of Envirosports Ltd, and the co-owner of international patents and registered designs associated with the product, continuing to personally build the next number of synthetic bunkers at his home course, and at other local courses such as Pyle and Kenfig GC and Clyne GC, all the while learning important lessons about this new synthetic bunker construction methodology.