Golf Etiquette

RESPECTING OUR GOLF COURSES

Just a reminder to all…four particular points that will help our terrific golf course remain in great shape.  Help our staff maintain our courses to the level that we’ve become accustomed, which is among the best in the Coachella Valley.

  1. Championship Course:
    – Golf Cart signs are placed on the course to insure carts don’t drive past them and damage the short grass.  Keep carts behind these signs!
    – P
    ar 3s – Golf Carts must stay on the cart path at all times.  One exception – hole #7 – going down the right rough is allowed.
  2. Ball Marks on greens – If we all repair at least one ball mark…even if it’s not yours, our greens will remain in excellent condition.     
  3. Blue Flag – stay 30 yards away from the green whether there are golf cart signs directing you or not.

Let’s all practice good golf etiquette with our friends , and be respectful of our terrific Golf Courses.

PVCC Men’s Club Greens Committee


Fixing Ball Marks:

Ball marks are similar to divots and occur when high shots land on the putting surface and leave an imprint in the turf. These are equally important to fix as a divot. The goal of fixing a ball mark is to  bring the healthy turf together.  Fix a ball mark by using the repair tool to pull in the healthy turf together towards the center of the mark.  This procedure allows the roots of the healthy turf to grow more cleanly, and prevents the green from developing brown spots from damaged turf.

At PVCC, we ask that you be diligent in repairing your own ball mark/divot as well as at least one other.


HOW TO PROPERLY FIX A BALL MARK:

Our greens need your help!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Insert your divot tool on the outside edges of the pitch mark.
  2. Using your divot tool go around the pitch mark & push/twist the healthy turf together. Do not lift up – this tears the roots & the grass will die.
  3. Tamp down the repaired surface so it is smooth enough for you to putt over it.

There have been many unfixed and improperly fixed ball marks.  These significantly diminish the appearance of our greens and interfere with play on them. There is no need for that.  Please take the time to read the information set out below and then do your part to help our greens:

  • Properly fix your ball mark and any others you see nearby.
  • Walk to the front half of any green if you have time and fix ball marks there.  That is where the most damage occurs because that is where the most balls land.
  • Show others how to do it correctly.
  • Take charge of your foursome.  Make sure they follow your good example.

Most golfers do not fix ball marks correctly. The goal of fixing a ball mark is not to raise the damaged turf back up to the surface (because doing this breaks the roots and the grass dies), it is to pull the healthy turf together.  Here is how to do it. 

A PROPERLY FIXED PITCH MARK REPAIRS IN 24 HOURS.
UNFIXED OR IMPROPERLY FIXED PITCH MARK TAKES UP TO THREE WEEKS TO REPAIR.