As you can see from the photo above, achieving true putting surfaces with so many indentations in the green is an almost impossible task. The course staff respectfully request that all members endeavour to -
- Spend the time waiting for a playing partner to line up and
putt, looking for any pitch marks around where you stand,
then at an appropriate moment repair as many as is possible
without holding play up.
- Actively point out a pitch mark left by a fellow player, so
he/she has the opportunity to repair it. (Their ball may well not
have finished on the green, but did pitch on it)
- Repair it yourself if they are not prepared to repair it.
- Remember that when repairing a pitch mark, you should ease
the surrounding ground back into the hole with a fork, moving
around the hole, not just from one side. Do not dig up the hole
with your fork and then pat it down, this will tear the grass
roots for some time, leaving a dead patch.
- It is a proven fact that a pitch mark repaired within 10 minutes
of being made will recover almost immediately, where as one
that is left for a few hours will take 3 weeks.
How to repair a pitch mark on a green
1. Discard the loose piece of turf taken out by the ball
2. Insert the pitch mark repairer tool just outside of the back of the pitch mark
3. Lever the turf towards the centre of the pitch mark
4. Repeat this motion from all sides of the pitch mark
5. Gently tap the repaired area with your putter. This action stretches undamaged
turf over the pitch mark, providing instant recovery
1. DO NOT replace the loose piece of turf taken out by the ball. It will die and delay
the healing process.
2. DO NOT pry up the centre of the depression with the pitch mark repairer as it
exposes the soil and will delay the healing process
3. DO NOT insert the pitch mark repairer and twist it. This only breaks more turf