A player asked me a question regarding her trouble in the sand trap.
#2 at Black Bear. Hit her ball into the right-side of the fairway sand trap, landing on the high edge of the sand trap. She saw a rake, which was above her ball, on the edge of the trap. The trap was steep. She walked above where her ball lay and moved the rake so as not to hit the rake. Then walked the 3 steps back to her ball. She then hit her ball, which hit the lip of the trap, rolling back into the trap, landing in her footprint that she made when moving the rake.
Could she have raked the foot print before hitting her first shot attempt out of the sand trap?
From USGA RULE BOOK, Number 13-4 Discuss Ball In Hazard. Rule 13-4a prohibits a player from testing the condition of the hazard in which his ball lies or a similar hazard, however Exception 2 to Rule 13-4 allows a player to rake an area of the bunker for the sole purpose of caring for the course as long as nothing is done to breach Rule 13-2 for his next stroke. A player would be in breach of Rule 13-2 for his next stroke if he improved the lie of his ball, the area of his intended swing, stance, his line of play or a reasonable extension of it beyond the hole or any area where he is to place or drop a ball.
TO BE SAFE: If the rake is in your way you can move it with as little disruption to the bunker prior to hitting your ball. This means avoid stepping into the bunker unless necessary to remove a rake. If the rake is in your way, and you can remove it prior to stepping into the bunker, do this first. Then approach into the bunker to hit your ball. I use the method: Stop - analyze your approach to the hole - enter with all necessary equipment.
She took an unplayable lie.
IF YOU CAN SEE IT – LIGHTNING – FLEE IT; IF YOU CAN HEAR IT – THUNDER – CLEAR IT
Ever wonder what to do when you see a storm coming while out playing golf? GET OFF THE COURSE! Don’t think, “I can beat it!” “Just one more hole!” This is a losing game with Mother Nature!
Did you know that LIGHTNING RODS are often made of graphite? Did you know golf clubs are made of GRAPHITE material? Now go ahead and take that back swing in a thunderstorm! Bet that will screw up your game!
Did you know the USGA has a rule for Lightning on the golf course? Rule 6-8 which allows players to discontinue play if they believe there is a danger from lightning.
By the numbers:
30/30 Lightning Rule: Only if you are near a substantial building. If thunderstorms develop, count the seconds between the flash of lightning and the bang of the thunder to estimate the distance between you and the lightning strike. It is recommended that you seek shelter if the time between the lightning flash and the rumble of thunder is 30 seconds or less (6 miles). Once inside shelter, you should not resume activities until 30 minutes after the last audible thunder. Open-sided buildings do not provide protection from lightning even if they have a lightning rod). By National Lightning Safety Institute.
“Lightning is the #2 storm killer in the U.S; killing more than hurricanes or tornadoes on average.” By National Lightning Safety Institute
WAITED TOO LONG safety precautions!
Blackstone Flex Tee: why we have them, when to tee up from them. The information I have gathered about Flex Tees at Blackstone was created for the purpose of Ladies Interclub A Team Match play to bring the total distance up to other clubs between 5500-5700 yards. Did you know there is a difference of only 11 yards total between the Flex Tee and White Tees? Did you know the average yardage to each hole is 34 yards/hole when you move to the Flex from the Red? For me that means I am using a club I do not used as frequently as when I play off the Red Tee..
As your course handicap decreases it will move you from the Red Tee box to the Flex Tee box! This gives you more challenge. Does it change the course? Yes, by 520 yards total, and the location of the tee box will change as well. Will this affect your course handicap? Yes, but with time playing from the Flex tees, you will eventually settle into a comfort zone playing from those tees! You have earned the skill level to play from the Flex tees! I have played from the Flex tees and I have played from the White. Believe me, the course does change, the clubs used changes, and the game changes, When recording your score, make sure you change your tee box, and your handicap index will change. Just remember, GHIN does take all this into account!
So get out there and try those Flex tees!