Course Care

Green Acres Golf Club has a team of well trained ground staff dedicated to providing members with a course that plays brilliantly all year round. We ask our members to help maintain the course by observing a few simple rules.

For the enjoyment of everyone we ask that golfers take the time to familiarise themselves with the following course care tips:

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  • Pitchmarks
  • Bunkers
  • Divots
  • Carts
  • General

Pitchmarks

It is essential that all players are diligent in their repair of pitchmarks on greens. A correctly repaired pitchmark will recover in 24 hours. An unrepaired pitchmark left unattended for two hours will take up to two months to recover. Unrepaired pitchmarks also foster disease and infections in the green.


Correctly repairing a pitch mark is as simple as:
  1. Start at the back of the mark where the ball has raised up the turf and push forward with your pitchmark repairer (avoid the use of tees or keys)
  2. Use the repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the mark. Do not lift the soil upwards.
  3. Lightly tap down the repaired pitchmark with your putter leaving a flat smooth surface.

Bunkers

The following points are provided to assist in the upkeep of bunkers and to ensure that you and your fellow members have a pleasant round of golf.

  • Always enter the bunker at designated entry points or from the lowest access point (generally the bunker tongue or the back of the bunker).
  • Rake out footprints pulling sand from the outside in. Do not pile sand towards the edge of the bunker as it creates a dish type effect that is difficult to play from.
  • Pull the rake towards you as you exit the bunker.
  • Rakes must be left outside of bunkers with the handle parallel with the direction of the play. Rakes must be left at the marked entry points of bunkers.
  • Bunker faces should not be excessively raked but should be pushed up and smoothed.

Divots

All players must carry and actively use a sand bucket irrespective of whether a cart is used or a player is carrying their clubs. The following tips are provided on repairing divots: 

  • The sand provided must be used to repair divots both on the fairways and in the rough.
  • If a large divot is taken and intact replace the divot and press down with your foot then sand and smooth
  • If a smaller or broken divot is taken remove any loose turf from the divot. Do not replace the dislodged divot back in the grass.
  • Knock in all sides of the edge of the divot with your club or your shoe.
  • Lightly sand the divot creating a smooth playing surface. 
  • Players should avoid walking on bare patches in order to give the grass an opportunity to recover.

Carts

  • Carts can be used for social or competition play.
  • During Board Events, only those with a health problem who can provide a doctors certificate are permitted to use motorised carts.
  • Carts must not be driven within 10 metres of any green or between bunkers and greens under any circumstances.
  • Carts should not be driven at excessive speed.
  • Carts must be driven carefully, avoiding banks where carts could slip or roll.
  • No more than two persons may ride in a cart at one time.
  • Where paths are provided carts must use them.
  • Please observe the solid blue lines in front of greens and do not drive carts between these lines and greens.
  • Carts must not be driven over any teeing ground.
  • Damp or wet areas must be avoided.
  • It is the responsibility of the driver of a cart to ensure proper use and control at all times.
  • During periods of wet weather, it may be necessary to restrict the use of carts to prevent damage to the Course.

General

Areas defined as GUR - (white lines or white pegs)

  • Areas that are defined as GUR by either white lines or white pegs are to be avoided wherever possible to assist with recovery.

Damage to Greens - Flagsticks, Golf Bags etc

  • Players must ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when removing and putting down flagsticks or by standing too close to the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.

Handling the Flag;

  • Don't drop the flagstick on the putting surface as it will cause damage.
  • Always lower the flagstick by club or by hand.
  • Avoid damage to the cup surrounds by placing the stick in the centre of the cup.

Removing the Ball

  • Players are not permitted to use their putter to remove their golf ball from the hole.