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Course Care

In the interests of  readily maintaining  our Class A course the Course Committee asks that all members and visitors treat the course with respect and in line with accepted "quick-healing" practices to ensure the course is quickly restored after  normal damage from the playing of the game.

Normal damage from the playing of the game can involve ball pitch marks on greens, club pitch marks on fairways and the raking of bunkers after such a shot. Accepted practice for a divot is to replace it and heel it in - doing so will result in the divot mark reparation in 24 hours, by not doing so it will take 24 days.


Before Leaving a Bunker
Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by him, and then leave the rake in the bunker with the handle pointing toward the tee of the hole being played.
  • Always enter the bunker at the lowest point.
  • Pull rake toward you as you exit the bunker.
  • If required, rake other affected areas.
  • Do not pile sand at the edge of the bunker. Push back excess sand.
  • Always leave rake in the flat of the bunker with the handle pointing toward the tee of the hole being played.
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 any loose turf from the affected area.
  • Knock in all sides of the edge of the divot with your club or your shoe.

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.
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. Golf carts should not be driven onto tees, greens or greens surrounds.
 
Damage Through Practice Swings
In taking practice swings, players should avoid causing damage to the course, particularly the tees by removing divots.
 
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.
  • In the event of players in a competition being ready to play a green, the staff are instructed to stand aside and allow the players to proceed.
  • On other occasions, ie no competition or members playing earlier than times shown on the time sheet, the Greens Staff are instructed to proceed with their programme of work. 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. On such occasions 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 in range.