In a previous post called The sand trap is on the green we looked at sand scrapes which are greens without grass. You need to rake a path from the hole to your ball and putt along the sand to get in the hole.
Okay so far but when there is a big storm, the rain and wind tend to mess up the sandscrapes. Some sections become too deep in sand and others become bareish.
So a working bee is called and members come to replace the base and the sand. It’s a dirty job and you feel like a road worker in the hot sun.
Still it’s got to be done regularly throughout the year to keep the scrapes in good condition. And you don’t need to water scrapes.
I am currently playing on a regional or country course in Central Victoria and learning a lot about country people and their special ways of playing golf. In a previous post called The sand trap is on the green we looked at sand scrapes which are greens without green. You need to rake a path from the hole to your ball and putt along the sand to get in the hole.
However the scrapes need a lot of care and attention.
And at our course, a big wind or a flock of cockies can leave the fairway scattered with eucalyptus branches. To clear them the club captain asks for volunteers to give their time and energy to removing the debris.
This is a real demonstration of members’ contribution to their sport and to the club.
My cousin Graham plays at a Par 3 in Adelaide which looks easy but is certainly not easy. I played really badly and I can only blame the foreign golf clubs. He normally plays with his brother -in-law, Barry, but today Barry cannot play golf because of a recent back operation.
However Barry can walk with us and critique our shots. He can also adjudicate by giving his interpretation of the Rules of Golf. Who says that local golf rules should conform to foreign golf rules?