Course Care

All Members and guests are requested to be aware of the following course care guidelines whilst playing at Sorrento Golf Club:-


Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints, and then leave the rake with the handle pointing toward the tee of the hole being played.

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  1. Always enter the bunker at the lowest point.
  2. Pull rake toward you as you exit the bunker.
  3. If required, rake other affected areas.
  4. Do not pile sand at the edge of the bunker. Push back excess sand.
  5. Do not rake the face of the bunker. Smooth out with the back of rake.

Bunker Rake Policy

Always leave rake in the flat of the bunker with the handle parallel to the line of flight of the hole being played with the handle pointing back towards the tee. Rakes should be placed as far from the edge as possible.

Repairing Ball Marks

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  1. Always look for and repair your pitch mark when you first walk on to the green. 
  2. Start at the back of the mark and push forward with the repairer.
  3. Use repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the mark. 
  4. Lightly tap down with putter.
  5. Your completed repair should look like this.

Repairing Divots

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  1. Members and guests must carry and use a sand bucket and always repair divots on the fairway and in the rough
  2. After playing a hot, ensure the divot is filled with sand and smoothed across, creating an even playing surface.

Damage to Greens

Flagsticks, Bags etc.
Players and caddies should ensure they cause no damage to the green when putting down bags or the flagstick. They should not stand too close to the hole when handling the flagstick or removing the ball. Replace the flagstick on leaving the green.

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  1. Don't drop the flagstick on the putting surface as it will cause damage.
  2. Always lower the flagstick by club....or by hand.
  3. Avoid damage to surrounds by placing the stick in the centre of the cup.

Course Care Instructional Videos

Protecting The Face Of The Bunker

Raking The Bunker

Repairing Fairway Divots

Repairing Pitch Marks On The Green

Unplayable Lie

Local Rules Instructional Videos

Lateral Water Hazard - Red Stakes

Water Hazard - Yellow Stakes

SGC Local Rule - Staked Tree

Ball Rolls Backwards Into Lateral Water Hazard - Red Stakes

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