Local rules - players must use divot anchors and sandbags
Members are reminded that carrying divot anchors and sandbags is compulsory. Coming into winter it is essential that fairways are kept in the best possible condition so that all players can enjoy the course. If you have any spare sandbags at home, please bring these to the pro shop.
Why should a golfer use divot anchors?
The use of McDivots will result in better playing and better looking fairways and reduce the chance of a golf ball landing in a divot hole. The reason is simple; the McDivot repairs the divot hole immediately, unlike if repaired with divot mix which can take weeks for the grass to grow. McDivots are being used by golfers at hundreds of golf clubs around the world and course superintendents say they are experiencing a significant reduction in divot damage as a result.
The McDivot is a 2 inch (5cm) long, 100% biodegradable divot anchor. It is used by golfers all over the world to anchor divots, thus preventing birds, strong winds, heavy rain, machinery (such as mowers, leaf blowing equipment) and even golf-spikes moving the replaced divot before it re-roots. Not long after the divot has re-rooted the anchor simply disappears as it breaks down, naturally, without harming the environment because it is 100% biodegradable.
Which Rule of Golf applies to the McDivot?
The Royal and Ancient and the USGA, governing bodies for the Rules of Golf, have confirmed the Rules of Golf would not prohibit the use of McDivot as an aid for fairway maintenance and from a golfer’s viewpoint, is a “Movable Obstruction” and Rule 24-1 applies. This means the McDivot divot anchor can be removed and if a player’s ball is moved in the process it must be replaced without penalty.