Golfer's List Of New
Ten simple steps every golfer can take to help make
your round more enjoyable - and golf courses in better
shapeJanuary 19, 2009
By Larry Gilhuly, USGA
Not another New Year's resolution list!
You're right; this is not just another New Year's
resolution list. When followed properly, this list will
make your golf course more enjoyable to play, easier and
less expensive to maintain, and will help the maintenance
staff keep it in better agronomic condition. At
a time of budgetary scrutiny that requires 20-20
vision, how you leave your golf course after playing
it has a major impact - positive or negative - on
those who follow. With this in mind, let's
look at 2009 with the following in mind every time you tee
it up! (
Click on the underlined phrases to view animated video
clips relating to these tips.
to understand that a bunker should be left the way it was
when I entered it by
raking my footprints
and blast mark, regardless of how good or inept my attempt
to bend over when filling my divot with sand/seed to make
sure the area is
so as not to damage the mowers.
to learn how to properly fix all of my ball marks by
pushing and not lifting them up, thereby exposing soil and
causing weeks of recovery.
to realize that any sign that has a directional arrow with
the word "carts" on it means I should go in that
direction when driving a power cart.
to avoid walking over ropes held up by stakes that are
meant to move traffic away from a weakened area. When I
trip over said rope I will take personal responsibility for
to understand that
those operating maintenance equipment
can be injured by my attempts at striking a very hard white
ball. A few seconds of patience is always the best
to remember that cart paths are not like a road where
parking is needed on the edges. I will
park/drive my golf cart
on the hard surface only to avoid wearing out the
to understand that trees never grow smaller as they age and
shade/roots sometimes mean tree removal is necessary.
to understand that all greens are different, thus green
speed should not be the same from course-to-course.
Detecting and adapting to different course conditions is an
inherent part of the challenge of the game.
And finally, I resolve
to remember that the game is just that - a game. I will
accept responsibility for my success or failure at this
difficult game, even while sitting in the 19th hole!
Larry Gilhuly, Northwest Director of the USGA Green
Section, can be reached at
or 253-858-2266. For additional tips,
to view an animated video clip about preventing
unnecessary damage to the golf course.