Course Care & Etiquette

Course Care & Etiquette
The following points are provided to assist the upkeep of the course and ensure that you and your fellow member have an enjoyable round of golf:

  • Sand buckets must be carried and used at all times. 
  • Repair all plug marks on greens with a pitch repairer.
  • Enter and leave bunkers from the lowest access point - generally the back of the bunker or a tongue.
  • Once footprints are raked out place the rake in a flat part of the bunker (not on the edge) aligned in the direction of play.
  • Do not lean on your putter when on the green.

Bunker Maintenance
Without wishing to be too harsh, the way in which many of us treat the bunkers after we use them leaves a lot to be desired. With the number of rakes scattered throughout each bunker, the surfaces at all times should be pristine. Instead, by the end of any competition day they look as though a herd of wild elephants have been through them.

To quote the Rule Book where it refers to etiquette - “The overriding principle is that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.”

The first section on care of the course relates to bunkers as follows:

“Before leaving a bunker a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others.”

It can be argued that smoothing with the feet is at least as effective as raking. Rakes can cause bad lies when used ineffectively, thrown back onto the floor or left hard up against the edge of the lip. However, if they are used in the following way the result should be better:

Use two hands on the rake.
Turn it over to back rake the faces and to avoid pulling the sand out of the bunker (the recently re-instated tongues are being covered in sand thus preventing any growth).
When the sand is soft, it is easier to use the flat side or back of the rake for the whole job.

Repairing Ball-Marks
Always start at the back of the mark and push forward with the repairer.
Use repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the mark. Do not lift the soil upwards. Lightly tap down with putter.

Repairing Divots
Remove loose turf
Fill with sand from dispenser or bucket
Level sand with foot or club
Divots must be repaired both on the fairways AND in the rough.

Note: Careless repair - provides unfair lies for those following

Damage to Greens, Flagsticks, Bags etc.

Players should ensure that, when putting down bags, or the flagstick, no damage is done to the putting green, and that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to it in handling the flagstick or in removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.
Handling the Flag

Don't drop the flagstick on the putting surface as it will cause damage.
Always lower the flagstick by club ....or by hand.
Avoid damage to surrounds by placing the stick in the centre of the cup.