Those who know Simola will be familiar with its fabulous white sand complexes (93 bunkers, many built to help keep players safe from stray golf balls in specific areas on a narrow layout). But over time these evolve and the sand deteriorates. In 2021 Simola completed their front nine bunker restoration project, improving aesthetics, playability and maintenance (redoing drainage and replacing sand) under the supervision of Nicklaus senior design associate Sean Quinn (he has done a similar project at Pearl Valley). Previously after heavy rain it would take hours to pump out water and salvage collapsed bunker faces. These sheer faces have been lowered to leave a flatter playing surface. Some out-of-play bunkers are being removed, with other fairway bunkers converted to waste areas with low edges where golfers can ground their clubs (on the fourth, ninth and 12th). It’s estimated the total bunker footprint will be reduced by 20-30%. This should negate the slow play for which Simola has a reputation, and increase enjoyment of the course. Simola had one of their best December holiday seasons with 3800 rounds.