Thursday, April 16, 2015

Golf Etiquette

One day I was on amazon and and I searched for "Golf Etiquette" just to see what would come up. To my amazement there is actually a book that exist written by Barbara Puett and Jim Apfelbaum with the Introduction by Tom Kite and Foreword by Ben Crenshaw, This book helps the beginner golfer to the most skilled golfer on ways that they can respect the game and others around you.


"Golf Etiquette is an imbedded tradition that is nearly as much a part of the game as they play itself.

Throughout golf's history it has been customary to treat your opponent or playing companions with due consideration. In other words, when someone says to you, "It is your honor" to play, it represents more than mere procedure. In simple terms it means that one is expected to be on his or her best behavior when on the golf course. 

Respect for the rules, the golf course, and the player ensures a consistent future for a pastime that has endured for more than five hundred years. 

It is helpful that books such as Golf Etiquette should be introduced to golfers of all ages. It is up to all of us to keep these wonderful traditions alive to provide new generations a chance to enjoy the game that so many of us have enjoyed all of these years."
                                                                                                                  Ben Crenshaw

I encourage everyone who is interested in making the game more enjoyable for your self and others around you to read this book. Some of this information is common sense and others are things that may have been forgotten over the years. 

So where I am going with this? Each and everyday we are having more and more play, and that's a great thing. With that comes more activity on the playing surfaces. For example, ball marks are one of those "Golfer Etiquette" things that should come natural when you walk on a green. We haven't been doing our best at this and we want to get off on a great start this year. Bunkers are being played out of and not being raked when you leave.  Please remember to leave it better than you found it so that everyone can enjoy the game.  

The picture below describes what we see on a daily basis. This bunker would have looked perfect if it was raked after this person had played out of it and now it cost us time and money for the greens staff to come back and re-rake the bunker.  From our point of view, if the bunker has been raked properly or not been played out of, we can move on to the next one during our daily course preparations. This makes our bunker prep more efficient, its not efficient when we see examples like these. 

Picture taken this morning on right side bunker
of 18 green

Greens are healing up nicely albeit a little slow due to the considerable cloudiness we have had and they will be on there way to being completely healed very soon. Our efforts in our aerification program will pay off this season during the hot and stressful time of the year with great playing conditions.  The practice green is the slowest because it does receive the most traffic and will soon fill in.