Two areas on the golf course that are not always considered, but have considerable impact on play, are the bunkers and rough.
Bunkers are hazard areas throughout the course that can either have sand or grass inside of them. They may seem like small areas, however, quite a bit of planning and maintenance goes into them. The design and location of bunkers has a big impact on the playability of the course. The bunkers must be raked everyday and the sand must be replenished as needed.
Golf etiquette calls for golfers to leave the bunkers “in better shape than when you got to them”, this entails raking the bunkers anytime you leave a mark in them. By taking the time to take care of the bunker, you are ensuring that the course remains in top shape for the players behind you.
The rough is all areas of the course outside of the tee boxes, fairways and greens. While fairways are normally mowed at 3/4 of an inch, the rough is mowed at 2 inches. Most of the time, the majority of trees on the course are found inside the rough areas. Because of these reasons, this area has many opportunities for hazards during the game. It can also have considerable impact on the aesthetic of the course.