Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill and smooth over all holes and footprints and then leave the rake with the handle at right angles to the bunker edge.
- Always enter the bunker at the lowest point.
- Pull the rake toward you as you exit the bunker.
- If required, rake other affected areas.
- Do not pile sand at the edge of the bunker.
- Push back excess sand with the reverse side of the rake
- Always start at the back of the mark and push forward with the repairer.
- Use the repairer around all sides and slowly ease the turf toward the centre of the mark. Do not lift the soil upwards.
- Tap down lightly with a putter.
- Remove any loose turf from the affected area.
- Knock in all the edges of the divot with your club or shoe.
- Sand area (be careful not to use too much sand).
Damage to Greens
Players should ensure that, when putting down bags or the flagstick, no damage is done to the putting green and that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to it when handling the flagstick or removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be adequately 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 using a club or by hand.
- Avoid damage to the surrounds by placing the stick in the centre of the cup.
Players must NOT use their putter to remove their golf balls from the hole.