COVID has brought many new golfers to the game. While that has been great for business and great for the game, it has lead to some on course challenges. Here’s a quick guide for new golfers on how to treat the course and your fellow golfers.
- Replace your Divots : You may not think it is a big deal to replace your divots or fill them with sand, but it is. A divot left unprepared will take months to heal and recover. A properly replaced divot can heal in a week. Down South, you just fill it in with sand or divot mix (with seed). Up North, replace the divot if it is still in one or two pieces. Otherwise fill it with sand. Either way, make sure you take the extra time to take care of the course.
- Fix your ball Marks on the Green : When the golf ball lands on the green it leaves a dent (sometimes a crater!). Fix your ball marks! This one takes some time to learn. Mainly because you don’t leave many ball marks on the green as you’re learning the game. But when you do, please fix it! The general rule of thumb is to fix yours and one other on every green. I find myself walking all around the green fixing marks left by golfers, or poorly fixed. Like the divot, an unprepared ball mark can take months to heal. Do your fellow players and your super a favor and fix those ball marks!
- Rake Bunkers: This one should go without saying, but it seems like nobody, even established players, know how to do this easy task. The concept of raking the bunker is to leave it as though nobody has been in it – so that the next person in there gets a good lie. There is nothing worse than coming up to your ball in the bunker and finding it in a foot print. So make sure you rake everything you disturbed in the bunker – your shot and your footprints.
- Keep up!: Golf is tough. It’s especially tough as you’re trying to learn the game. It’s OK to be slower, just make sure you’re trying to keep up with the group ahead of you. That’s really what matters. The course needs a certain flow – and it involves each group staying on pace. If you fall behind, try to catch up. If you’re lagging and the group behind you is pushing you, offer to let them play through. You step aside and let them play, then you fall in behind them. It sucks, but it’s the courteous thing to do. Stay aware of your surroundings, and your pace.
- Get Ready for Your Shot While you Wait: Your pace of play depends on your while group, for sure. But you can do your part by preparing for your next shot while your playing partners are playing their shots. Read your putts while they chip or putt. Figure out your distances instead of standing and watching Joe’s shot. Bottom line: be ready when it’s your turn!
- Leave your phone alone: don’t stay buried in your phone. Turn it to vibrate and focus on your game. You probably paid a fair amount of money to be on the course, take advantage of the time to relax and get away. That’s why you’re out there!
- Mulligans: They’re OK as you’re learning the game. Just make sure they don’t slow your group down!
I hope this helps! If you know someone that needs to see this, feel free to send them the link! Let’s all be better at this!