How it all started…
Pocket Bunker’s story originates from founder and creator Conrad van Niekerk’s own lifelong love for golf. After his father introduced him to golf his passion for the game developed both on and off the golf course, with him frequently practicing shots at home to refine his skill. This was the onset that eventually led to an entrepreneurial venture where he started installing greens at people’s homes.
Having installed the first practice green at his house and adding a small sand bunker to complete the training area, he became aware of an undeniable inconvenience with the setup. While the artificial grass was easy to maintain and keep clean, residual sand from his practice bunker shots had to be constantly swept off the greens and returned to the bunker.
True to his innovative nature (Conrad is a mechanical design engineer by trade), he began to think of potential solutions to practice bunker shots in a more convenient manner. Initial prototypes of a practice device took form by drilling holes in a standard golf ball and filling them with the bristles of a scrubbing brush. The concept worked so well that he started up a small production line at his home. While the concept worked perfectly, the aesthetics were not of a premium standard. This, coupled with the realization that the idea had potential of being mass produced and could help many other golfers facing the same dilemma or wanting to improve their game away from the course, led to a long journey and many late nights of re-designing, planning and testing. Finally the commitment towards the project reached a stage where Conrad decided to resign from his full-time occupation to pursue the development of the product in full force. Pocket Bunker was registered, international IP rights were obtained, and plans were underway for full-scale commercial production.
Pierre Swart joined the company as CEO at a later stage, to assist with the efforts of bringing the product to market. With their combined expertise, they have worked towards building the brand and expanding the Pocket Bunker footprint world-wide.
A personal message from Conrad:
“Our goal is for you to enjoy your game even more by making use of our tested and proved precision designed Pocket Bunker. Pocket Bunker is extremely durable and performs realistically on just about any surface, providing you with the best bunker practice possible. Please let us know how Pocket Bunker has contributed to lowering your score, we would love to hear from you!” – Conrad van Niekerk, Inventor and MD of Pocket Bunker Pty Ltd.