Perhaps it is right that we should explain our procedure for selecting pin position locations on greens.
Our aim is always twofold:
- Spread wear patterns around the green
- Provide golfers with varying degrees of difficulty
We now have a system in place that we believe is fair for all golfers and assists us in spreading wear patterns on the green.
We adopt a system as follows:
- 3 Front, 3 Middle & 3 Back locations for the 9 greens
- 3 Left, 3 Centre & 3 Right locations for each of the Front, Middle & Back locations.
For this system, we work on a 3 hole rotation for holes 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9.
So, this Friday, the pin positions were set as follows:
1st hole - Front Centre
2nd hole - Back Right
3rd hole - Middle Left
4th hole - Front Left
5th hole - Back Centre
6th hole - Middle Right
7th hole - Front Right
8th hole - Middle Centre
9th hole - Back Left
What this then means is that the pins will only go back to the above positions every 10 weeks, ensuring variation for the golfer and minimising wear for us as greenkeepers.
Granted, there are occasionally some tricky pin positions out there! That said, it is the same for everybody and I guess that is the fun and challenge of golf. Nobody ever said that it's an easy game!!
Enjoy your golf!