This may seem crazy, but I have to put this up on the website in order that all members are made aware of how to repair pitch marks!

The point is being made after this photo was taken on Monday; each ball (32) represents an unrepaired pitch mark!

Please see the link below.

Not only are most pitch marks not being repaired correctly, but many are just left abandoned, and this means that on Monday morning when the green staff gets time to work on the course unimpeded by pesky members trying to play golf, they invariably spend time repairing the pitch marks that you have made on the greens.

If you repaired your own and maybe just one other pitch mark on every visit to a green, we would eradicate the problem, and free up time for green staff to be working on other aspects of the course.

In a few short weeks time, the grass will start to wake up and grow, and in order for this to happen without hindrance, we would kindly remind members to ensure that Buggies are kept in the rough as much as possible, and that buggies and trolley’s are kept away from the fringes of the greens. Buggies must not be on tee boxes.

If you come across an area that has little to no grass on it, walk around it, it will shortly being seeded, and further damage will be caused by foot, buggy or trolley traffic.

Please do see a member of the Captain’s Committee if a putt of yours has not gone directly into the hole as a consequence of an unrepaired pitch mark!!!!!!! Remind those on your flight to fight against the tide of unrepaired pitch marks.

Marker posts.

During a round, I often notice that a red/yellow marker or distance marker has been laid to one side, and I often think that they must be extremely heavy, as invariably they remain on their side waiting for some kind soul to return it to the upright position. Breaking News: They are not heavy!

More of a concern is the number of White Boundary Markers that I see laying on their side. This is perplexing, as Rule 8.1.a explains:-

Actions That Are Not Allowed

Except in the limited ways allowed in Rules 8.1bc and d, a player must not take any of these actions if they improve the conditions affecting the stroke:

(1) Move, bend or break any:

  • Growing or attached natural object,
  • Immovable obstruction, integral object or boundary object, or
  • Tee-marker for the teeing area when playing a ball from that teeing area.

(2) Move a loose impediment or movable obstruction into position (such as to build a stance or to improve the line of play).

(3) Alter the surface of the ground, including by:

  • Replacing divots in a divot hole,
  • Removing or pressing down divots that have already been replaced or other cut turf that is already in place, or
  • Creating or eliminating holes, indentations or uneven surfaces.

(4) Remove or press down sand or loose soil.

(5) Remove dew, frost or water.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 8.1a: General Penalty. (Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play.)

Happy Golfing!

Richard Waterhouse

Captain – RMGC.