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 Maintenance Standards - Guidelines

Care of the Course

Bunkers:

Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.
Bunker Etiquette Video
 
 

Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks and Damage by Shoes:
Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself). On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired.
Divot Repair Etiquette Video
Repairing Ball Marks Video
  
 
Preventing Unnecessary Damage:
  • Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason.
  • Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick.
  • In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole. The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole.
  • Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole.
  • The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before players leave the putting green.
  • Local notices regulating the movement of golf carts should be strictly observed.
 
*This information is from the USGA website www.usga.org