The following points are provided to assist the upkeep of the course and ensure that members and the public have an enjoyable round of golf:

Sand buckets must be carried and used at all times. They are provided in a bin near the 1st Tee.

 

Bunkers

Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made, and then leave the rake in centre of bunker.

  • Enter and leave bunkers from the lowest access point – generally the back of the bunker or a tongue.
  • Lightly rake diagonally as you exit the bunker.
  • If required rake other affected areas.
  • Use the smooth side of the rake for the face of the bunker.
  •  Leave the rake in the centre of the bunker with the handle pointing back towards the tee.
  • Once footprints are raked out do not leave the rake against the edge of the bunker.

 Rake incorrectly placed in bunker

Rake correctly placed in bunker

Greens

The condition of greens can have a major impact on players’ scores, so careful attention must be given to the putting surface. The most important aspect is the repair of pitch marks – the longer a mark stays unrepaired, the longer it takes to mend. A pitch mark should be repaired as follows:

  • Commence at the back of the pitch mark and push forward with a pitch mark fork or tee.
  • Attend to each side of the pitch mark, easing the turf forward to replace the damaged area.
  • When undertaking the repair, turn the pitch mark fork towards the damaged area.
  • Do not lift the pitch mark fork or tee upward bringing soil to the surface.
  • Complete the repair by tapping down with a putter.
  • Do not lean on your putter when on the green.
  • Putters with suction cups can damage the edge of the hole - please ensure your putter doesn't touch the side of the cup when retreiving your ball.  Keep the putter vertical.

Fairways

Sand buckets are available at the starting tees and divots should be repaired as follows:

  • Use the sand to fill the divot hole (and any others nearby).
  • Use a foot or a club to level the sand so that a reasonably flat lie remains for following players.
  • If buckets are not available or you have run out of sand, replace the divot in its hole if it is intact, or otherwise knock in the sides of the divot hole with a club so that a level lie is maintained.

A careless repair may provide an unfair lie for other players, and may also damage course equipment and will result in the divot taking longer to repair.