In the bunker or out? Scotland's Dunbar Golf Club might have the best solution to the age-old debate about where to leave the rake
DUNBAR, East Lothian, Scotland - Traveling the world visiting courses, I’m always left with this conundrum: Where should I leave my rake?
As a 10-handicap, I hit it into my fair share of bunkers. Each club I visit seems to have a different policy about where their bunker rakes belong. Some want the rake left in the bunker. Others want it out. Some American clubs keep the rakes on the cart, a solution I hate because I never remember to bring it with me.
I love the fancy way that the Coeur d’Alene Golf Club in Idaho solves the issue. Each rake is kept in an underground storage bin near the bunker. It’s an awesome trick, but only a few clubs in the world can afford such extreme measures.
Leave it to the great Scots - the people who many believe invented the game - to come up with the best solution I’ve seen so far. All the rakes at the Dunbar Golf Club are propped up off the ground by a metal pole. Pictured above is a bunker near the third hole at Dunbar.
True, it’s not the aesthetically pleasing look. Dunbar Head Golf Professional Jacky Montgomery claims, though, it is the fairest way to keep the rakes from hindering play.
Balls get all sorts of good and bad bounces when they hit bunker rakes lying on the ground. Montgomery indicated that by keeping most of the rake suspended in air, incidents of balls hitting the rake or even the metal pole decreases exponentially.
“There’s a business here, I think,” Montgomery said of the idea.
Anybody looking for a career in golf? Maybe this is your shot. I would take it on, but I’m having too much fun playing golf - and raking bunkers - at the moment.
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