The following points are provided to assist in the upkeep of bunkers and to ensure that you and your fellow members have a pleasant round of golf.
- Always enter the bunker at designated entry points or from the lowest access point (generally the bunker tongue or the back of the bunker).
- Rake out footprints pulling sand from the outside in. Do not pile sand towards the edge of the bunker as it creates a dish type effect that is difficult to play from.
It is essential that all players are diligent in their repair of pitchmarks on greens. A pitchmark that is repaired correctly will recover in 24 hours. An unrepaired pitchmark left unattended for 2 hours will take up to 56 days to recover. Unrepaired pitchmarks also foster disease and infections in the green.
Correctly repairing a pitch mark is as simple as:
- Start at the back of the mark and push forward with your ball repairer (avoid the use of tees or keys)
- Use the repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the mark. Do not lift the soil upwards.
- Lightly tap down the repaired pitchmark with your putter leaving a flat smooth surface.
All players must carry and actively use a sand bucket irrespective of whether a cart is used or a player is carrying their clubs. The following tips are provided on repairing divots:
- The sand provided must be used to repair divots both on the fairways and in the rough.
- Remove any loose turf from the divot. Do not replace the dislodged divot back in the grass.
- Knock in all sides of the edge of the divot with your club or your shoe.
- Lightly sand the divot creating a smooth playing surface.
- Players should avoid walking on bare patches in order to give the grass an opportunity to recover.
- Under no circumstances must carts be driven within 10 metres of any green, between bunkers and greens or close to bunker edges.
- Carts should not be driven at excessive speed.
- No more than two persons may ride in or on a cart at any one time.
- Where paths are provided carts must use them.
- Please observe the solid yellow lines and do not drive carts between these lines and greens.
- Carts must not be driven on or over any teeing ground. Carts must be driven carefully, avoiding banks where carts could capsize.
- Damp or wet areas must be avoided.
- It is the responsibility of the driver of a cart to ensure proper use and control at all times and to minimise damage to the course or other players.
- During periods of wet weather it may be necessary to restrict the use of carts to prevent damage to the Course.
- Golf Carts may be hired by any person over the age of 18 years for a social game provided the cart is able to be returned to the Proshop staff before the shop’s registered close of business time. *