How To Properly Rake a Bunker – A Lesson From The Open

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:

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Golf Rant: What is That Thing Beside the Bunker?

Many of the regular readers understand that The Grateful Golfer is about positive golf talk. I try to encourage, suggest, recommend the great things about golf when I can. Well today, I was perplexed on the first hole and maybe you can help me out!

Osprey Links hole 1

Osprey Links Hole 1

Today, I was in the second group out. We were on the first hole at Osprey Links Golf Course which is a par 5 dogleg to the right. The turn of the dogleg starts at about 250 yards out off the tee and on the right of this hole is a water hazard and two bunkers guarding the initial turn. This is a great starting hole, but I digress.

As Blair and I made our way down the fairway, the day was starting off great. We were following the first group of 3 players and everything seem as it should. But suddenly, as we made the turn towards the green, I spotted this black think sitting in the grass beside the two bunkers. I was perplexed to see this object just sitting there and started to ponder if it had any real use on the golf course. I was not sure, but I am confident that you, the reader, can help me out! Continue reading

It is All About Respect – Raking a Sand Trap

Raking a sand trap is an important aspect of respect for your fellow players and the golf course. How many times have you mistakenly hit your ball into the sand trap only to find it in a poorly raked area. Or, even worse, in an area not raked at all! This is a very frustrating aspect of golf that can easily be fixed.

Sand Trap

Raking a sand trap is really easy, it takes next to no time, and demonstrates a fair bit of character. A poorly raked sand trap is a pet peeve for many players and I guess I would be one. I do find it difficult enough to play out of the sand, without having a poor lie caused by someone taking the time to properly rake the trap. Care for the course is part of golf and helps everyone maximize their fun on the links.

The video below is perfect for those who do not know the proper way to rake a trap. As we expand our knowledge about golf, it empowers us all to fully enjoy the game.

A properly raked sand trap is one of the many things I am grateful for on the golf course. How about you?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!