Turf Blog ~ Bunker Rake Placement ~ “T” marks the spot.

June 6, 2017 Dean Baker

Bunker Rake Placement ~ “T” marks the spot.


Bunker rakes are a necessary tool to ensure playability for your fellow members behind you. Their placement is just as important and follows two criteria; the playability of the hole and being available points of entry. To make bunker rake placement clearer, we have marked these areas with a white “T”. Turf staff will have the rakes in place every morning; members please replace them when finished raking. 

Bunker playability: Bunkers are a highly maintained hazard. Turf staff  prepare the bunkers daily to ensure a consistent playing surface for members. Members are asked to always smooth footprints after playing their shot so players behind them may enjoy the same conditions. As a general rule, rakes are placed at the backs and sides of bunkers so they do not interfere with balls entering the bunker or shots exiting the bunker.

Bunker access points: Doug Carrick has designed all of our bunkers with entry points. These are areas where members can safely enter and exit the bunker without causing damage to steep faces or risk injury. As a matter of design, this is where you will find the bunker rakes placed every morning. Generally, the fronts of the bunkers and several low sloped areas on the sides offer these access points. Members are reminded to please avoid entering and exiting bunkers on steep faces!

Look for a rake…. that is your safest entry point.
As you come out... place the rake in the same spot.

T... marks the spot!

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Dean Baker

Dean Baker, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (Since 1989). He joined Burlington Golf & Country Club in 2012, where he has enjoyed the remodeling and renovation of this historic 1922 Stanley Thompson design. Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he remains involved with the program he graduated from, Associate Diploma in Turf Management. There he lends his expertise as an instructor to upcoming turf managers, by instructing the Human Resources for Turf Managers Course.

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