Course Care

Bunkers

Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints, and then leave the rake outside the bunker, preferably on the bunker grass tongue. – picture guide (right)
1. Always enter the bunker at the lowest point.
2. Pull rake toward you as you exit the bunker.
3. If required rake other affected areas.
4. Do not pile sand at the edge of the bunker. Push back excess sand.

Repairing Ball-Marks

1. Always start at the back of the mark and push forward with the repairer.
2. Use repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the mark. Do not lift the soil upwards.
3. Lightly tap down with putter.
4. Your completed repair should look like this.

Repairing Divots

1. Remove any loose turf from the affected area.
2-3. Knock in all sides of the edge of the divot with your club or your shoe.
4. Correctly mended divot.

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

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

Golf Carts

Golf carts can only be driven by those who have been given approval to do so. Users are required to abide by the Rules governing the Use of Golf Carts.

Practice Swings

In taking practice swings players should avoid causing damage to the course.

Green Cutting Procedures

Greens are cut in a predetermined order. On days on which competitions are programmed, the aim is to cut each green before players on the time sheet are in a position to reach any particular green.

The Greens Staff are instructed to proceed with their programme of work and have right of way. There are good reasons for this procedure, including the need to complete essential work on the entire course in the time available after allowing for scheduled competitions. Players must allow work to proceed be it on the fairway, tee, green or practice fairway. Players must not hit if course Staff or machinery are operating in range.

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