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post #37 of 44
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Originally Posted by Chunky View Post

I go with the rules wise advantage of having a rake outside the bunker, but what irks me the most is having to step in the bunker grab a rake and then rake your tracks and then go hit your ball and rake again. Two words: SLOW PLAY!

Huh?


Solution: Get the rake wherever it is, take the rake with you, walk to your ball, drop the rake nearby, take your shot, rake your footprints back the way you came in.

post #38 of 44
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Originally Posted by Harmonious View Post

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Originally Posted by Chunky View Post

I go with the rules wise advantage of having a rake outside the bunker, but what irks me the most is having to step in the bunker grab a rake and then rake your tracks and then go hit your ball and rake again. Two words: SLOW PLAY!

Huh?


Solution: Get the rake wherever it is, take the rake with you, walk to your ball, drop the rake nearby, take your shot, rake your footprints back the way you came in.

 

Read it again.  He's talking about if the rake is left IN the bunker, you have to go in, get the rake, then go to wherever your ball is, and then after you play, you have to rake out at least twice as many footprints as you would if the rake was outside of the bunker in the first place.

post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post

 

Read it again.  He's talking about if the rake is left IN the bunker, you have to go in, get the rake, then go to wherever your ball is, and then after you play, you have to rake out at least twice as many footprints as you would if the rake was outside of the bunker in the first place.


I guess that assumes that whoever used the rake prior just dropped it any old place in the bunker instead of raking out his tracks on the way out of the bunker.  If the rake is IN the bunker but NEAR where you would normally enter and leave the bunker (low bank), then I don't see how there would be any more footprints than if the rake were placed OUTSIDE the bunker.

 

On those very, very rare occasions when I happen to find my ball in a bunker, I will enter the bunker from the low side. If the rake is OUTSIDE the bunker, I will pick it up before I enter.  If it is INSIDE the bunker, I will enter, then walk to the rake, pick it up and walk to my ball. There really is no time lost.

post #40 of 44
or the last guy tossed it into the bunker
post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by Harmonious View Post


I guess that assumes that whoever used the rake prior just dropped it any old place in the bunker instead of raking out his tracks on the way out of the bunker.  If the rake is IN the bunker but NEAR where you would normally enter and leave the bunker (low bank), then I don't see how there would be any more footprints than if the rake were placed OUTSIDE the bunker.

 

On those very, very rare occasions when I happen to find my ball in a bunker, I will enter the bunker from the low side. If the rake is OUTSIDE the bunker, I will pick it up before I enter.  If it is INSIDE the bunker, I will enter, then walk to the rake, pick it up and walk to my ball. There really is no time lost.


Actually, the assumption is not that someone else left the rake in the bunker, the working premise is that the golf course groundskeepers put the rakes in the bunker. Sometimes you can reach them with a club and other times you half to step in to get them.

If you are in bunkers on rare occasions, you either don't play golf often or favor courses without traps. The course I play has small greens and a number of them are surrounded by bunkers. Sometimes the best play is in the bunker, but then I can play from sand reasonably well. Even the pros are in the sand some of the time.

post #42 of 44
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Originally Posted by Chunky View Post


Actually, the assumption is not that someone else left the rake in the bunker, the working premise is that the golf course groundskeepers put the rakes in the bunker. Sometimes you can reach them with a club and other times you half to step in to get them.

If you are in bunkers on rare occasions, you either don't play golf often or favor courses without traps. The course I play has small greens and a number of them are surrounded by bunkers. Sometimes the best play is in the bunker, but then I can play from sand reasonably well. Even the pros are in the sand some of the time.


I guess my facetious statement about being in bunkers very rarely was taken as serious.  Sorry for that.

 

But again, if the grounds crew placed a rake in the bunker, it is probably within a step or two of where one would normally enter the bunker, right? Just step in the bunker, pick up the rake and walk to your ball.  Then reverse your steps to get out.

post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by Harmonious View Post

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Originally Posted by Chunky View Post


Actually, the assumption is not that someone else left the rake in the bunker, the working premise is that the golf course groundskeepers put the rakes in the bunker. Sometimes you can reach them with a club and other times you half to step in to get them.

If you are in bunkers on rare occasions, you either don't play golf often or favor courses without traps. The course I play has small greens and a number of them are surrounded by bunkers. Sometimes the best play is in the bunker, but then I can play from sand reasonably well. Even the pros are in the sand some of the time.


I guess my facetious statement about being in bunkers very rarely was taken as serious.  Sorry for that.

 

But again, if the grounds crew placed a rake in the bunker, it is probably within a step or two of where one would normally enter the bunker, right? Just step in the bunker, pick up the rake and walk to your ball.  Then reverse your steps to get out.

 

That may be an assumption where you play,  but I've never seen any logic to the way most staff or players leave rakes.  They just toss them down wherever they use them, and you just have to be thankful that they did rake out their trail.  It's obvious from this thread that there is little training or thought from most players about rake placement, and even course managers don't always follow the most reasonable recommendations.  

post #44 of 44

I bury them in the sand.

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