Course Care

Pitch Marks

To keep the greens at Gosnells Golf Club in top condition it is essential that all pitch marks are repaired immediately.

The correct tool for the job is a pitch mark repairer, similar to the one shown here. Please try to carry (and use) one in every round you play.

Please repair your ball mark and at least two others. A pitch mark properly repaired will heal within 24 hours whereas an un-repaired ball mark will take at least 15 days to mend.

Rule 16-1c: Repair of Hole Plugs, Ball Marks and Other Damage

‘The player may repair an old hole plug or damage to the putting green caused by the impact of a ball, whether or not the player’s ball lies on the putting green. If the ball or ball marker is moved in the process of such repair, it shall be replaced without penalty.’

Correct repair will help protect the grass root system and benefit members and visitors alike.

To minimise wear and tear on the Greens, the last player to putt should remove the balls from the hole.

Players shall not take buggies onto greens or across BLUE LINES marked in front of greens or green surrounds.

Please study the diagrams on how to correctly repair pitch marks.

Correct Method

  1. Discard the loose piece of turf taken out by the ball
  2. Insert the pitch mark repairer tool just outside of the back of the pitch mark
  3. Lever the turf towards the centre of the pitch mark
  4. Repeat this motion from all sides of the pitch mark
  5. Gently tap the repaired area with your putter.
  6. This action stretches undamaged turf over the pitch mark, providing instant recovery


Incorrect Method

  1. DO NOT replace the loose piece of turf taken out by the ball. It will die and delay the healing process.
  2. DO NOT pry up the centre of the depression with the pitch mark repairer as it exposes the soil and will delay the healing process
  3. DO NOT insert the pitch mark repairer and twist it. This only breaks more turf loose



  1. The carrying and use of sand buckets on the course is compulsory. Failure to do so will be viewed as a serious breach of club rules. Please ensure everyone in your group has a sand bucket before you tee off – we all cooperate, we all gain.
  2. Players are required to repair all divots as follows:
    1. Remove any loose turf from the divot
    2. Break in the sides of the divot with a golf club
    3. Fill the divot with sand.

  3.  Please avoid taking divots during practice swings, particularly on Tees



Rake all bunkers carefully and evenly after playing from them.

  1. Leave the lie that you would want for yourself.
  2. Replace the rake outside the bunker in an area that is least likely to affect movement of the ball – that being the areas within the vicinity of the bunker at the furthest point from the line of play to the hole.
  3. Try to push sand away from the edge.




  1. Carrying and use of sand buckets is compulsory.
  2. Do not overfill the divot.
  3. Please knock edges of the divot in and fill only to the level of the playing surface.
  4. Return empty bucket to receptacle at completion of your round.


Your cooperation is appreciated.