If you are a member of a golf course or a weekend warrior, we all need to understand our role in caring for maintenance of the course. This is especially true if you are a guest, it shows respect for the course and its members. I will talk about 5 things we as golfers need to do to care and respect the course.
Golf Clubs spend well over 50% of their budget to keep the golf course in the shape, we as members demand and complain vividly if the course is not up to our standards. I speak from experience about the whining of members, from sitting on the board and being vice-chair of our greens committee. Let me share this with you and dwell on some of my pet peeves, which drive me crazy.
Let’s start with unfixed ball marks on the green, non-raked sand traps, non-fixed divots, chewed up tee blocks and finally golfers that have no regard for posted signs and drive their golf cart anywhere they want. At my course members think they pay give them the right to do whatever they want with their cart, some guests just are ignorant. Five tips for you, who should know better, on how to care for the course.
1: Carry a ball mark repair tool in your pocket. If you don’t have one use a tee and fix your ball marks. A good green is one that rolls true and smooth, not having the ball bounce its way to the cup, as it hops over non-fixed marks. This is one of my biggest pet peeves and members are just as guilty as guests.
2: Ever land in the sand trap and end up in someone’s foot print or shot hole. Not nice is it! Do you follow the rules and play it as it lies or do you cheat and move the ball. You would not have these situations, if we all would pick-up the rake and actually use it.
3: Hacked – up tee blocks are ugly and preventable. The grounds guys can only do so much. Every time you take a divots on the tee, fill it up with the seed mix in the green boxes on the tee blocks, help the maintenance guys out.
4: Same with fairway divots, please, take the time, to replace them or if available use the seed mix attached to the golf cart in a plastic pour bottle.
5: Misuse of golf carts is probably the cause of most major damage on the golf course. They are not off-road toys, don’t use them as such and respect the game and golf course in their use. Please follow all rules and restrictions set-up to protect from golf cart damage, these rule are there for a reason, quite simply follow them.