On the 9th hole of a round I was playing last week, a player in the group in front of us hit a shot out of the left green side bunker. He then proceeded to walk right past the rake and onto the green. He didn’t rake the bunker. Standing in the middle of the fairway about 145 yards I yelled, “rake the bunker.” He yelled back, “what?” I put my arms up in the air and yelled, “rake the bunker!” He was obviously irritated and inconvenienced. He walked into the bunker, did a couple of lame strokes with the rake and threw the rake violently into the center. Then he looked back and stared at me with an F-you attitude.
This is a rake. It is used to smooth out footprints and divots in sand traps. USE IT!
I’m sorry, but at what point did raking the bunker become such a problem? This must be the same clueless bonehead who yells “get in the hole” or “you’re the man” at the top of his lungs in PGA Tour tournaments. Same guy that doesn’t replace his divots or takes a chunk out of the putting green when he swings his putter in disgust.
Let’s cover some basic golf etiquette for those of you who apparently need a lesson. Sadly, many golfers don’t seem to be getting basic etiquette, or they’re choosing to ignore it. I guess they just watch the 16th green at the Phoenix Open and figure that golf is all about being an obnoxious, inconsiderate beer guzzling moron.
If you go in a sand trap, RAKE IT.
If your ball makes a mark on the putting surface, FIX IT.
If you take a divot from the fairway, REPLACE IT.
If your group is lagging behind the group in front of you, or you are being pushed by the group behind you, MOVE IT.
Stay tuned for my next
rant etiquette post: “The big a-hole covered in tattoos decked out in Florida State gear who thinks flipping the flagstick and damaging the hole is cool.”
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