Originally Posted by _slash_1
I run a very busy field here in vancouver. We use our field every weekend. In the past, we used to clean it off, and store it after every day of use. That said, When I looked at paying my workers, it would add around $2-300 to every weekend, and at the end of the year I had spent way more than the cost of a field. More over it was completely redundant dragging the bunkers off, and storing, just to eventually re-setup.
I made a pact that year that we would stop wasting time on cleaning bunkers. We purchased a 2009 nppl field that was one event old for $4000. That field has been set up every weekend for 3 seasons now. (other than december and january when we close up for the year) When they develop leaks we patch them. The field is still very playable, and looks awesome after its yearly power wash... My point is, it's best to keep maintenance costs low, as its easy to eclipse the actual cost of a set of bunkers.
Weather and wind are things you will contend with, so its best if your field is permanently netted, or has lots of tree cover to keep the bunkers in one place (should they grow legs)
Mice are my biggest issue, but I have fixed them by doing these few things.
1. buy a few of those plastic owls. they keep mice really far away as long as you can keep customers from shooting them.
2.Buy bunkers with water bladders. Mice wont chew through something thats heavy enough to kill them (not 1 of my water bladder bunkers has ever been chewed by mice)
3.Go synthetic grass. they stay on the real stuff. Not really viable to a group field, but im just letting you know those lil buggers can be beat!
Thanks for the imput ^^^ I have large pieces of turf under each bunker, for a few reasons. no trimming around each bunker for any oopps with the weed wacker, no worn out spots behind each bunker, which means no mud hole when it rains , and i guess like u mentioned it has kept the mice away or at least under the turf not on top under the bunkers. It scares me to pull the field each time, for one what a pain in the azz for a small private group and two once there all piled up im thinking mice heaven...
I was wanting to see if anyone else out there was doing or not doing. so with this new larger field we just continue to leave them out in the field for the palying season..
Thanks everyone for the responses