I have covered this topic before, however after playing in unraked bunkers over the past few weeks, I thought it might be nice to revisit this important skill. For the sake of all players, understanding why and how to help maintain a golf course should be part of every players education. So here we go:
Thanks to Graeme Beatt for the important instruction.
Now, I realize that most players will not take this much time to rake a sand trap; it seems crazy to some. Yet, understanding the nuances of flattening out the sand is a critical factor that many people miss. It is not difficult and but taking just a bit of time, we can prevent this:
I try to take my time raking a sand trap and suggest to my fellow golfers that this is a skill that should be learned. It is a part of golf!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
2 thoughts on “How To Properly Rake a Bunker – A Lesson From The Open”
It sure can be frustrating to find your ball in a left over divot or foot print in the trap.
There is one course I play where that happens far too often. I believe it has to do with the fact that the course doesn’t leave the rakes by the traps and instead mounts one to the back of the golf carts.
So if you’re walking (they only allow that in the afternoon) you have no rake, and if you forget to grab it before heading to your ball, or if forget and leave it by a hole, you end up going without thecrest of the round. It’s not conducive to proper maintenance and a pet peeve of mine when playing there.
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I never heard of a rake being mounted to the cart or you have to carry one when walking. That sounds silly for sure. No wonder the traps would not be well maintained by the players if there is no rake. Tha ks for the info.