Caring for the Course: Why It Matters
International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) players are certainly not the only golfers that are asked to care for the course. Nearly every tour, junior and professional alike, requires players to repair ball marks, rake bunkers, fix divots and be aware of their surroundings and respectful of the course. While it may seem tedious and insignificant, caring for the course absolutely matters.
The IJGT plays on some of the most prestigious courses in the nation. Courses give up days full of tee times to let our juniors compete. One thing that courses worry about when they allow tour events is how their course will fair during the two-day event with up to 100 players hitting around 72-80 shots each day. Caring for the course shows Superintendents, Members, and Course Staff a level of professionalism and consideration that encourages them to invite the IJGT back year after year.
Fixing ball marks, throwing away trash, raking bunkers and repairing divots properly is also a direct reflection of a player. Each day maintenance crews wake up early and put effort into making the course challenging as well as beautiful. Choosing to walk away after taking a divot shows disrespect for that hard work. Make sure that you stop and fill divots with sand or replace divots based on the type of turf at the course and the course’s preference. This goes for the driving range as well. College coaches on site take note of these behaviors and take them into consideration during the recruiting process.
Lastly, imagine hitting a perfect tee shot that lands in the middle of the fairway, that lands into a divot. If players do not take time to care for the course, this would happen more often than not. Make sure to always take the time to care for the course at IJGT events and practice rounds. It pays off in the long run.