It is clear that none of the guys who have been on the pitch at the Oakcreek Country Club in Sedona since yesterday has arrived there to end up in one of the bunkers placed by the father and son Trent Jones, designers of the course.
But one thing is certain.
Q School, rules
This time they have an extra motivation. From yesterday until Sunday, the Arizona club hosts the first stage of the Asian Tour Qualifying School, after two years of hiatus linked to the pandemic, which is great news for kids who want to follow the path towards Major Tours.
But, in competing to try to get one of the 13 tickets for the Final Stage to be held from 18 to 22 January, players will have to pay attention to an aspect of the label that is often, indeed very often, overlooked. The care of the bunkers.
The organization, in communicating the details of the tournament, explicitly invited all participants to carefully rake the bunkers. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a fine to be paid by the player. Is $300 an excessive amount? Probably yes, since we are talking about guys who are at the beginning of their careers.
What is certain is that the message that the organizers want to get across is absolutely right. It is equally certain that it should not be necessary to take such measures to enforce a rule of etiquette that every golfer should have very clear.
The rules of golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played. They are jointly written and operated by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, other than the United States and Mexico, which are the responsibility of the United States Golf Association.
A panel of experts made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision is effective from 1 January 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in some cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.
The rule book, titled “Rules of Golf”, is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and manages the resulting sports justice, protecting their interests abroad.
The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf, which, almost always based on the self-control and free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, consciously at times, but often unconsciously or out of lightness, due to non-compliance by many players of the game rules.
In addition to the rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing the game with due respect for the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential component of this sport.