Fixing the Divots and Rake Sand Traps Easily
Golf is unique in that some of the responsibility for caring for the playing field (the course) falls on the shoulders of the golfer. As you make your way around the course, it is up to you to clean up after yourself and fix some of the marks and impressions you leave on the course. This is important because it helps to keep the course in good shape for both the players in groups behind you, and also for weeks and years to come. Two of the most important things that you can do as a player to care for the course is fixing your divots and raking the sand traps.
Most of your shots that are hit off of the turf with an iron will result in taking a divot out of the ground. When you do take a divot, you need to either replace the divot or fill the hole with sand. Find out before your round which method the course you are playing would prefer. If they want the divots filled with sand, they will supply sand bottles for you to use as your make your way around the course. When you are supposed to replace divots, you simply need to walk up and find your divot after the shot, and replace it in the hole you created. Try your best to match it up (like a puzzle piece) so that the course is repaired as well as possible. Also, step lightly on the divot after you replace it to help it settle into the hole and not be moved as easily.
Raking Sand Traps
When your ball lands in a sand trap, you will have to walk down into the trap and hit a shot to get out. That means that you will make footprints in the sand, as well as a divot from the shot itself. To make raking the bunker easier, carry the rake down into the trap with you and set it to the side while you hit the shot. Once you have gotten the ball out of the bunker, pick up the rake and smooth out the divot from the shot. Then, as you walk out of the bunker, rake your footsteps as you go so the sand is as even as possible for any future golfers that might find their ball in the same position.