A Plague on Sand Traps

Here’s my first rant. Sand traps are supposed to be hazards, right?  Would you ever actually try to hit your ball into a water hazard?  Yet when Jack Nicklaus used new kinds of rakes that left furrows in the bunkers for the Memorial Tournament, the players whined like my two year old granddaughter.  I know that lots of people agree with me on this one, so here’s my solution.  Course designers, take note!

Take out most green-side bunkers and replace them with grass bunkers.  In preparation for a tournament, let the grass grow long and gnarly, so that a chip out onto a fast green becomes a very difficult proposition.  Between tournaments, cut them back to a reasonable length, still enough to challenge the average golfer in a way similar to a sand trap.  You can keep a few deep pot bunkers just to spice things up a bit.  If you do this successfully, pros will think twice about shots that would leave them in a difficult position to make par.  They would also be easier to maintain.


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