How to Replace Divots on the Golf Course and Why You Should Do It
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A unique aspect of golf is that it is one of the few games where players are encouraged, as a form of good etiquette, to take care of the course. One of the most important parts of course care is in the repairing of divots, which can occur on the tees (especially on the par-3s), the fairways, and sometimes around the greens. Here’s how to replace divots on the golf course and why you should do it.
Be a Nice Golfer
Not only does this routine of maintenance of the course while you play help the staff and keep the course healthy, it’s also a considerate move for the rest of the players on the golf course. Sure, playing out of a sand-filled divot is tough, but it’s far harder to play out of a bare divot.
Before you tee off, see if your cart has sand bottles, and if they do, make sure they are full. If you prefer to walk and use a pull-cart, your cart should have an insert for a sand bottle. If you carry your golf bag, don’t worry about lugging an extra couple of bottles; there are ways to take care of your divots without sand.
The time of season will also determine whether or not there will be seed in the sand. If you find seed in your sand bottles, make sure to give the bottle a good shake to disperse the seeds evenly.
Depending on where you play, some courses provide buckets of sand on the par-3 tee boxes. Whenever you take a divot, be sure to fill yours and at least two more. Divots on tee boxes can merely be filled, since players can have a choice of where they can tee their ball up.
On the Fairways
When you take a divot in the fairways, the process can be slightly different. If you are carrying your bag, or don’t have sand bottles, the first thing you’ll want to do is gather as much of your divot as possible. Hopefully, depending on the condition of the golf course, your divot will come out in one big chunk.
Once you have your divot, do your best to fill as much of the divot as possible, pressing it down with your foot. Keep in mind that this probably won’t help heal the ground, but it will help other players on the off chance your ball ends up in the same spot where your divot is.
If you do have sand, lower the nozzle of the bottle as close to the ground as possible and shake out enough sand to fill the divot evenly, then smooth it out with your foot or club. This is also an opportunity to fill other divots nearby perhaps one or two, making up for those golfers who are less considerate.
The Final Divot
A healthy course is a happy course and it creates a better playing atmosphere for all! Take care of your divots: your fellow golfers and maintenance staff will thank you!