Cheesebrough™ Wooden Rakes
Today, competition to develop an adequate player base is very keen. Traditional goods by Cheesebrough give you a definite advantage by making playing time at your club a unique experience. Cheesebrough bunker rakes are durable in use, and are a powerful draw for those that appreciate tradition.
Our stock rakes are constructed with domestic hardwoods, and require sealer protection for long life. Before assembly, the individual components of these rakes are dipped in high quality wood sealer for a solid foundation of protection.
#1648 – 16″ head and 48″ handle
#1854 – 18″ head and 54″ handle
#2160 – 21″ head and 60″ handle
#2666 – 26″ head and 66″ handle
NOTE: (2666 is special order) Any head and handle combination can be ordered.
Flex Frame Bunker Rake
The Flex Frame rake has proven its worth over the past 140 years. Durable, elegant, and lightweight, it finishes well and is an authentic accessory from early golf. Although initially your members will be attracted to the old world craftsmanship, they will soon put equal value on the easy operation.
How long will they last?
Like anything on your grounds, years of service is dependant on maintenance. We build our rakes in anticipation they will give you four years of service with proper maintenance. One of our East Coast clubs has had our rakes in use for 5 years, and tell us they look just fine. Once a year they remove any mildew (It’s there, even if you cannot see it.) by standing the rake on it’s head in half of a plastic barrel filled with a bleach solution, and brushing the handle. They then rinse the rakes, let them dry, sand any rough spots on the handles, and apply sealer. Every year. Just like all the other equipment they use. Sounds like a lot of work, but they say it has kept the annual cost of having a nice looking rake in their bunkers near or below the cost of any other rake.
We refer to these as our “Low Maintenance” rakes. Exotic hardwood has a natural resistance to mildew, decay, and UV degradation. It also requires less care than domestic hardwood, and is more forgiving than domestic hardwood if maintenance is delayed.
Left natural, the wood will turn gray over time, similar to high-end outdoor furniture. The “new” look can be retained with a simple application of sealer. Exotic hardwood is required in Tropical and arid areas. It offers the lowest annual cost in any climate.
At right are two exotic hardwood rakes. The upper photo shows new unfinished wood, and the darker rake under it sealed.
The two rakes below spent one year, side by side, on our rusty metal roof. The rake above was sealed, and below left natural. The right side of the sealed rake shows how it weathered, and the left side shows how a simple wipe of sealer restores the new appearance. The picture below shows how exotic hardwood turns gray when left natural.
Maintenance Crew Rakes
The Rod Frame is a 21st century version of the Wire Frame we have made since the 1880’s. It has a very durable, trussed head to handle connection. The standard size has a 26″ head and 66″ handle (72″ or longer available) and is generally used by the maintenance staff used for bunker care or general maintenance. It is available in all of our standard rake sizes.