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Monday September 6, 2021 8:52 AM
I've been noticing this trend since mid Covid restart. It's not anything new, but it seems to have increased. Every course that I have played in the last few months have had numerous bunkers full of foot prints. Of course, for a while there were no rakes to use. But, now most if not all courses, rakes are back for use. Yet, no one seems to be using them. Is it from lack of player etiquette? The golf industry has seen a surge in new players or old players coming back to the game. Have they forgotten or have never been taught basic golf etiquette. Rake your d%mn foot prints and fix your divots. I can almost forgive the unrepaired divot. It's often feet or yards from where the ball stops. But, the rake is typically right there and your excavation depth foot prints are more then obvious ! Is it that people are afraid to touch the rakes? Or is they just don't give a d%mn ? Many courses have put signs in their carts encouraging basic golf etiquette, but I think courses could do a little more to instruct and encourage what I believe is basic player RESPONSIBILITY!
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Monday September 6, 2021 9:24 AM
Fully agree. My suspicion is people just got used to not doing it and no longer feel like it's mandatory, so they get lazy and just move on.
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Monday September 6, 2021 10:25 AM
QUOTED  Fully agree. My suspicion is people just got used to not doing it and no longer feel like it's mandatory, so they get lazy and just move on.


Recently played with a guy who claimed he did not rake bunkers for POP reasons. He did not seem to take the hint when I took more time by walking over and raked the bunker behind him than it would have taken him to rake it when he was right there. He took longer to explain why he did not rake a trap than it would have taken to just rake it. And he thinks he is saving time? Complete bull sh-t !
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The goal has always been long and straight! But since I can no longer hit them long, hopefully straighter could be achieved more than occasionally?
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Monday September 6, 2021 1:48 PM
It is a shame that this routine step in the game has been forgotten. Sadly, I too suspect it's more laziness than anything else. Most won't take the time but will certainly complain or ask for a drop when the lack of raking affects their next shot. I try to kindly remind others, but have encountered a lot of resistance. Oh well, we can only do what we can do.
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Monday September 6, 2021 5:47 PM
Last week I saw foot prints to the middle of a bunker and back with a rake left in the middle of the bunker. The person took the rake in, hit the shot, and then forgot to rake. Some have just become so used to not raking they just don't think about it. Golfers will get used to raking again. Unfortunately, others will remain lazy.
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Tuesday September 7, 2021 12:45 AM
This has been driving me crazy for a couple of months now. I agree that it seems like everyone has gotten accustomed (lazy) to not raking the bunkers and is content to leave them a mess. I'll go one step further and add that some of the courses are guilty as well. there's been a few times where the bunkers aren't being maintained by the course. If the players see the bunkers is a mess to start with then they will follow suit.

Today, all of the bunkers were well cared for both by course maintenance crews, caddies and players and it was nice to see.
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I noticed this a lot on Sat at PGA west then this article came up the next day so I had myself a good laugh. Then yesterday at industry hills almost every bunker on the course was wrecked with foot prints!!!!!
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Tuesday September 7, 2021 8:38 AM
I used to wonder why the rules of golf do not allow relief from footprints in bunkers ... why should I have to play a shot from someone's lack of course etiquette and not caring about their fellow golfers? Now I have new perspective, sadly if we did get relief from footprints in bunkers, more golfers would not rake them. Same for having to play out of divot in the fairway, why is that not GUR, well, if you did get relief same would hold true with more golfers not fixing them. Why, no consequences for your ball coming to rest in them. When golfers find their ball in a footprint or divot and wish the golfers before would have fixed them, it reinforces the desire to fix them IMO.

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