Tip from the Pro – Fixing a Ball Mark

Course care is everyone’s responsibility.

Golf course care is an all-encompassing term that refers to adherence to course maintenance rules. However, most people associate golf course care with ball mark repair, divot replacement and raking bunkers. Despite the presence of posters, notes in newsletters and announcements in meetings to serve as reminders, the message can never be repeated too much if members wish to maintain optimal course conditions.

Below you will see the proper way to repair a ball mark:

The Proper Way to Repair a Ball Mark

The basis for ball mark repair and divot replacement is for competitive and agronomic reasons. Balls that land in unrepaired divots place a golfer at a disadvantage, like having to putt over a ball mark. By leaving turf damaged (unrepaired), it becomes susceptible to disease and/or infestation of weeds, resulting in a lower quality of playing surface. As a general rule, a ball mark repaired within 10 minutes will heal with a smooth surface within two to three days. An unrepaired ball mark may take as long as three weeks to heal, resulting in an ugly, uneven surface.

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