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Maintaining The Green: A Guide to Repairing Divots and Ball Marks

Updated: May 17

As the 2024 season kicks off, it's crucial to highlight the importance of maintaining the course. One essential aspect of this dedication is the proper repair of divots and ball marks on the greens. Understanding the significance of these practices not only enhances the playing experience for all but also contributes to the overall health and aesthetics of the course.

Repairing Divots: A Golfer's Duty and Privilege

Divots, those small pieces of turf dislodged when a golfer strikes the ball, are common on fairways and tees. Repairing divots is crucial to ensure the grass recovers swiftly.

  • Replace the Divot: If you take a divot, try to replace it as neatly as possible. Press it down to level it with the ground, aiding swift recovery.

  • Respect the Course: Use the seed mix bottle provided to fill divots when needed. This helps in regrowth and maintains the course's lush appearance.

When repairing a divot in the rough, simply take the pelt and replace it in the same direction that it came out. Do not use the seed mix in the rough because it is bent grass seed, and it will migrate through the rough.

Repairing a divot in the fairway depends on how the divot looks. If it is a pelt, put the pelt back into the divot. If the divot is in pieces, it is best to use the seed mix to repair the divot. Make sure that you use enough seed mix that it is just below level with the fairway. For both divots, ensure that you step on the pelt to ensure proper contact between the pelt and the soil.

Repairing your divots properly is a great way to have consistent playability for you and your fellow Members at ClubLink.


Ball Marks: Preserving the Greens for All

After only one day, each flag marks an unrepaired ball mark. Repair your ball mark and one more.

Ball marks are depressions on the greens caused by the impact of the ball landing. Ignoring these marks not only affects play but also inhibits the grass's health.

  • Avoid Popping: Refrain from lifting the depression. Popping the mark upwards can tear the roots and disturb the grass's growth pattern.

Repairing ball marks ensures a smooth roll on the greens, benefiting every golfer and maintaining the course's quality.

A Golfer's Commitment to Course Care

By following proper repair techniques of divots and ball marks, golfers contribute to creating a well-kept environment for all players. As a golfer, your love for the game extends beyond swings and putts; it transcends to the care and respect you show to the course. Let’s work together to ensure the greens remain pristine, inviting, and a joy to play on all season long.

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