Attending The Flag
When playing non competitive/social golf in the winter.
To avoid damaging the surface around the hole, the flagstick was never attended in cases where it would normally be asked to be so. It was then deemed that you if you actually hit the flag there would be no penalty (as there would normally be) and the words used were, ‘I’ll give you the flag’.
As you will all know, holing out putts from 3 feet or less is a lottery when putting through a myriad of foot prints, particularly at this time of year when the greens are soft. Having spoken to both Des (Head Green Keeper) and Roy Stevens (Chairman of Greens) they have said that they would like this idea to be in play here at Bigbury. Anything that helps our greens to remain in tip top condition is a bonus.
So, to clarify, this is only applicable whilst Winter Rules are in play and ONLY in social golf and NOT in competitions. You either can leave the flag in and incur no penalty should you hit it, or take it out for shorter putts as normal.
Please could we all make a special effort to repair as many pitchmarks each as possible, particularly in the front third of the greens? At the moment they are quite soft, either due to recovering from a frost, rain soaked or suffering from a heavy due, and therefore are very susceptible to receiving marks. Our greens, for the time of year, are in fantastic condition but we all need to do our bit by helping Des and the boys to keep them that way, to keep the compliments flowing and the word spreading of how good our course is.