Courtesy call: Caddies asked to rake sandy areas


KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Players and caddies have been asked, “as a courtesy,” to rake the Ocean Course’s sandy areas, but because none of Kiawah’s bunkers are considered hazards they are technically not required to rake.

“We asked that they kind of rake those areas after they're finished if they cause severe damage; but as there is so much sandy areas, there is still likely to be footprints, tire tracks . . . both inside the ropes and outside the ropes,” said Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America’s managing director of championships.

Most caddies GTC talked to at this week’s PGA Championship said they plan to groom the areas as they normally would within reason.

“If there’s a rake I will,” said Steve Hale, Keegan Bradley’s caddie. “But they’ve kind of put (rakes) where they want them. You know where you need to rake and where you don’t.'