Course Care

Yarra Yarra is committed to ensuring the best possible playing conditions for the enjoyment of all members and visitors.

When playing, we ask you to help maintain the condition of the course by following Yarra Yarra’s course care practices. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the course care instructions.

Pitch Marks

It is essential all players are diligent in their repair of pitch marks on greens. A correctly repaired pitch mark will recover in 24 hours. An unrepaired pitch mark left unattended for two hours will take up to two months to recover. Unrepaired pitch marks also foster disease and infections in the green.

Correctly repair a pitch mark by:

  • Starting at the back of the pitch mark where the ball has raised up the turf and push forward with your pitch mark repairer (avoid the use of tees).
  • Use the repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the pitch mark. Do not lift the soil upwards.
  • Lightly tap down the repaired pitch mark with your putter leaving a flat smooth surface.

Bunkers

  • Always enter the bunker at the lowest point.
  • After playing your shot out of the bunker, carefully rake all footprints and divots.
  • Ensure that you rake forward and backward evenly to ensure a smooth surface.
  • Push back excess sand with reverse side of rake so you do not pile sand at the edge of the bunker.
  • If required, rake other affected areas.
  • Bunker faces should not be excessively raked but should be pushed up and smoothed.
  • Always leave the rake in the base of the bunker, with the handle pointing towards the tee of the hole being played and parallel to the line of flight of the ball.

 

 

Divots

All players must carry and actively use a sand bucket irrespective of whether a cart is used or a player is carrying their clubs.

Tips for repairing divots: 

  • The sand provided must be used to repair divots both on the fairways and in the rough.
  • Do not replace the dislodged divot back in the grass.
  • Remove any loose turf from the affected area.
  • Knock in all sides of the edge of the divot with your club or your shoe.
  • Lightly sand the divot creating a smooth playing surface. 

 

 

Motorised Carts

Club motorised carts are available for hire from the Golf Shop. The rules and conditions of the use of Club golf carts are printed on the windscreen and must be adhered to at all times.

The rules for the use of motorised carts are:

  • Motorised carts must not be driven onto tees or greens.
  • Motorised carts must not be driven within 10 meters of any green or between greens or bunkers.
  • Where paths are provided carts must use them.
  • It is the responsibility of the driver of a cart to ensure proper use and control at all times.
  • Carts should not be driven at excessive speed.
  • Carts must be driven carefully, avoiding banks where carts could slip or roll.
  • No more than two persons may ride in a cart at one time.
  • Under no circumstances are children permitted to drive the cart.
  • A motorised golf cart should not be driven ahead of play when a ball is still to be played.
  • Use of motorised golf carts may be restricted if course conditions or other circumstances require such action.
  • Any damage to Club golf carts must be reported to the Golf Shop and repaired at the cost of the Member or Guest who hired the Club golf cart.

 

 

 

General

Areas defined as GUR (white lines or white pegs)

  • Areas that are defined as GUR by either white lines or white pegs are to be avoided wherever possible to assist with recovery.

Handling the flag

  • When removing the flag do not stand too close to the hole.
  • Don’t drop the flagstick on the putting surface as it will cause damage to the green.
  • Always lower the flagstick by club or by hand.
  • Avoid damage to the cup surrounds by placing the stick in the centre of the cup.
  • The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.

Removing the ball

  • Players are not permitted to use their putter to remove their golf ball from the hole.