Golfers have always been expected to repair their own divots, pitch marks and bunker disturbances… and for the most part that’s what golfers do. However—and this is a BIG however—that’s not what all golfers do. So, what to do about those less considerate? We can post signs, write articles (like this one), yell, plead, squawk, or simply do what is easiest, which is to clean up after those who have gone before us during the day. Frustrating as it is, the outcome benefits all of us with more consistent, playable conditions. And who knows, maybe it will shame some of the less attentive into keeping an eye out not only for their impact on the course, but also the impact of others.
So please, please, please not only repair your own divots, pitch marks and bunker disturbances but if you’re not interrupting the pace of play repair the evidence of those who have gone before you as well. The golf gods are the same as all other gods, they reward good deeds. You’ll be a better person for it; get better lies in the fairways and bunkers; and have smoother greens to putt on.
Links Committee Chairman