By Jose Verduzco, Golf Course Superintendent

Bunkers’ main purpose serves to test the player’s ability to play golf. Furthermore, it can be incredibly difficult to get a ball out of a bunker. However, it can be just as tricky to successfully navigate them and to know how to treat them after using them. Read our tips written by our golf experts on how to successfully navigate bunkers:

Identify the lowest or closest entry spot to your golf ball. This will help with keeping the integrity of the bunker. Identifying a close and low spot will prevent you from leaving deeper footprints and thus disturbing areas in the bunker. Once a spot is located, walk in the bunker with the rake in hand. Drop the rake close to you and take your shot. Begin raking where your club made contact with sand and work yourself back to your point of entry.

Make sure to rake an even surface without moving too much sand. The raking pattern should be a short, back and forth stroke, ensuring the sand is evenly raked. Once out of the bunker, place the rake back in its original location. Look around to find an undisturbed rake or check your scorecard for special instructions on rake placement. Every golf course has different rules when it comes to raking positions.

In addition, call to sign up for a 15-minute tune up golf lesson. A short lesson could be all you need to improve your golf swing. Sign up to improve your putting, chipping, full swing, wedge play or bunker shots.