Each winter season there are several inquiries as to why the edges of the bunkers dry out so fast, causing the grass to turn brown. Even more prevalent this season with the consistent cold nighttime temperatures in December through early January, many of the bunker edges are browned out. This has created a unique look…but it has nothing to do with drying out. The grass around many of the bunkers edges is bermudagrass, an aggressive warm-season type grass that goes dormant once the first frost hits. Over the years we have incorporated more fescues into the bunker noses as these grasses will stay green throughout the year and are drought tolerant. The bermuda actually helps us in the summer season as the bright white sand reflects a lot of heat and negatively affects the poa and ryegrass that surrounds most of the bunker noses. Even though the bermudagrass is quite aggressive, expect more of the fescues to fill in over the coming years, thus reducing the brown edges.