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WBVGC: Rakes Are Coming Back to the Bunkers on Monday, June 12th

 

Exciting news, starting Monday, June 12th, we're bringing back the rakes to our bunkers at Westbrook! But don't worry, we want to make sure everyone is on the same page and will keep the current bunker local rule during a transitional period, which will end on Monday, July 17th.

Now, it's been a while since we've had to rake bunkers at Westbrook, so we've got a great USGA video for you that explains the proper way to rake a bunker for the fairness of all. You can check it out below:

USGA Video on Properly Raking Bunkers

In the video, you'll notice they mention that different courses have different preferences for rake placement. Here at Westbrook, we prefer rakes to be placed inside the bunker. Why, you ask? Well, it helps speed up our maintenance prep in the morning. So, please remember to place rakes inside the bunker on a flat spot near the edge. Avoid the back edges or any steep faces that could cause your ball to rest against the rake.

Now, let's dive into some tips for proper raking. We want to make this process as efficient and enjoyable as possible:
  1. Find optimal entry and exit points to minimize raking by locating the lowest point around the bunker, saving time and reducing deep impressions and footprints.
  2. Be a rake-toting golfer! Enter the bunker with the rake in hand to eliminate extra trips, as it's allowed and encouraged. Avoid letting it touch the ground until placing it down before your shot to minimize the area to be raked later.
  3. Place the rake behind you before taking your stance to prevent sand disturbance and unnecessary footprints. Place it within reach of your stance for easy retrieval.
  4. Smooth it out! Use the rake as you back out of the bunker, starting with areas showing play signs. Pull the rake in a straight line toward the bunker's edge, being cautious not to pull excessive sand. If needed, gently push away to even the surface and restore an even bunker while erasing footprints.
  5. Step out and finish up! Gracefully exit the bunker onto the grass, rake the remaining small area with your footprints, and remember to place the rake inside the bunker on a flat spot near the edge to avoid trouble with back edges or steep faces.
Thank you for being a valued member of the Club, and we're excited for a smooth transition with rakes back into the bunkers. So let's grab those rakes, enjoy our game, and leave the course better than we found it!

 

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