You will face over 125 bunkers at Purgatory Golf Club. They’re filled with white sand, made from crushed limestone. (Bunkers are most commonly filled with river sand.)
Many of the bunkers will be outside your best line to the hole. On the 16th hole, large bunkers line the fairway and surround the green. On the 4th hole, the bunkers only protect the green as trees outline the fairway. But the most memorable is “Hell’s Half Acre,” the 17th hole, where the green is surrounded by two acres of bunkers, making the it an island in a sea of sand.
At Purgatory, you’ll quickly learn it’s easier to get out of a bunker than the tall grass. You can find your ball in a bunker, and often get out with little difficulty.