Friday, July 28, 2017

Where Should the Bunker Rakes Be Placed?

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

"Where should the bunker rakes be placed?"….is a common question among golfers. Although there is no Rule that specifies whether bunker rakes should be placed in or out of the bunkers, the USGA recommends that the rakes be left outside of the bunkers.

From a golfer’s perspective, the reason is there is less probability of an advantage or disadvantage to the player if the rakes are placed outside of the bunkers. It may be argued that there is more likelihood of a ball being deflected into or kept out of a bunker if the rake is placed outside the bunker.

 It could also be argued that if the rake is in the bunker it is most unlikely that the ball will be deflected out of the bunker. However, players who leave rakes in bunkers frequently leave them at the side which tends to stop a ball rolling into the flat part of the bunker, resulting in a much more difficult shot or rule violation (Rule 24-1 and Rule 20-3d). 

 For example, Rule 24-1 states if a ball comes to rest against a bunker rake (see below), the rake may be treated as a movable obstruction.

However, if the ball were to move after the removal of the rake, you must place the ball back in its original spot. If the ball is unable rest on its original spot you must then refer to Rule 20-3d.

Rule 20-3d comes into effect if the slope is too steep or the sand is too firm; resulting in the ball being unable to be put in its original spot (see below). In a hazard, the ball must be placed in the hazard at the nearest spot where it can be placed at rest that is not nearer the hole.

Nothing in the Rules of Golf allows a player to press the ball into the sand to make it stay in position; moreover, the final placement could result in an unplayable shot.

Since the player could not place the ball in conformity with the Rules, he would proceed under the stroke-and-distance option of the unplayable ball Rule-28a, drop the ball outside of the bunker, keeping the point where the ball lay between himself and the hole, under penalty of one stroke.

In the end, this scenario could be avoided by keeping the rakes out of the bunkers.

From a maintenance and aesthetics standpoint, the rakes out of the bunkers:

  • Give a highly maintained and up-scale look with a sense of prestige to the bunkers 
  • No additional labor on bunker and bunker-bank maintenance; since we rake bunkers more than mow the banks 
  • Easier for players to retrieve the rakes 
  • Less tracks in bunker to retrieve the rakes 
  • Less damage in bunker from rakes being thrown back inside after use


Drive, Chip, and Putt Qualifier at Green Bay Country Club

(Green Bay, WI) Over 150 youth golfers from throughout Northeast Wisconsin will be competing in the local qualifier for the national Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship. The qualifier will take place on Monday, July 31st from 9 am – 3 pm at Green Bay Country Club, 2400 Klondike Road in Green Bay.

The general public is welcome to cheer on the competitors. Food and beverage will be available for purchase at an outdoor grill tent.

About Drive Chip and Putt (from
A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf.
By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel.

“These youth golfers are the future of the sport,” commented GBCC Director of Instruction Lucas Hana. “Having the Drive, Chip, and Putt qualifier at Green Bay Country Club is truly an honor for us.”

About Green Bay Country Club
Green Bay Country Club, established in 1995, is the epitome of what a country club should be: a fun, friendly, comfortable golf and tennis facility where everyone feels special. Our nationally recognized 18-hole course, designed by Dick Nugent, challenges players of every level. It's the kind of course you'll want to play again and again as you strive to master all of its nuances. We offer a full calendar of exclusive events, both on and off the course, creating a congenial atmosphere in which to meet and socialize with fellow club members.

Our two full-service clubhouses, with their wide range of amenities, enhance your overall club experience. We are member-owned and operated; all regular members have voting privileges. An elected Board of Directors, composed of members, sets, maintains and enforces our standards of excellence. To learn more, please go to

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Santos Makes an Albatross on Hole 2

On Saturday, July 22nd, Alex Santos made an Albatross (Double Eagle) on Hole #2. That means he was three strokes better than par on this par 5. Congratulations, Alex! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

PGA Junior League Comes to a Close

GBCC fell to Oneida in PGA Junior League play on Monday night, July 24th, 8.5 to 6.5. It was a great afternoon for golf and a very close match. Congrats to Team GBCC on a great season!

2017 PGA Jr League team GBCC
Max Reis
Triston Behrend
Sam Aleknavicius
Grace Durkin
Emma Wolf
Aiden Piencikowski
Chris Mitchell
Charles May
Bennett Madson 
Tara Janas
Lauren Schneider
Abby Busick
Mason Haupt
Drew Siudzinski
William Vincent
Nolan VanMiller

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tennis Tip of the Week: Be Patient!

Putting together a point and setting yourself up for a winner to finish it is one of the most over-looked factors of a tennis match. Yes, it is important to focus on getting every ball in, but it is also important to anticipate where the point is going. Many players go for too much too soon instead of being patient and waiting for the right time to finish the point. The average tennis point only lasts 4-5 shots depending on the level, so if you can hold out just a little bit longer than your opponent, your patience will pay off more times than not.

Looking forward to seeing you on the courts!
Coach Rob

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea Provides Burst of Color

By GBCC Gardener Mary Lemens

One of my favorite plants is Echinacea or its more common name, the cone flower. Over the years so many new varieties have been introduced. It's not just the purple cone flower anymore. The blossoms are also more diverse in shape and petal size. Magnus and White Swan are some of the more common varieties. The newer ones have names as interesting as the colors: Hot Papaya, Butterfly Kisses, Flame Thrower, Fragrant Angel and Milkshake are just a few.

The one that stands out to me in both color and performance is Cheyenne Spirit. The pictures are of this variety, and yes they have different colored blooms. Once established all of those colors will be on each plant at the same time. They are just beautiful when in full bloom.  It's a colorful bouquet on each plant.

The plant is very hardy and disease resistant so very easy to grow. I have five plants growing in the new bed along the patio outside the 19th Hole. They just started to bloom this week so you can see the colors they show.

I'm excited to see them next year once they are a more mature plant. I think you're going to enjoy them as much as I do!

Gardner out.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hole in One on #4

Thirteen year old Ashton hit a hole in one on #4 on the big course Friday, July 7th, 2017. Ashton hit it in from 109 yards using an 8 iron. WAY TO GO, Ashton!

Check out a flyover of #4 below:

Tim Bauman Finishes 2nd in WPGA Tournament

Congratulations to our Director of Golf, Tim Bauman! Tim took second place in the Cobra/Puma Classic at Morningstar Golfer's Club on Monday, July 10th. 

See the full results at:
Cobra/Puma Classic
Tim Bauman's Bio

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hole in One on #13

GBCC member Bill Heinrich hit a hole in one on June 22nd, 2017! He was hitting from the Blue Golf Tees on Hole #13, 172 yards using his six iron. This was Bill's first hole in one at Green Bay County Club and his third hole in one in his lifetime. Congratulations, Bill!

Check out the flyover of #13 below:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tennis Tip of the Week: Utilizing the Opposite Hand

By Coach Rob LeBuhn

As tennis players we often get fatigue in our dominate arm while playing, drilling or taking a lesson. One trick that I learned over 40 years ago was to use the opposite hand, which in my case would be my left one.

The opposite hand allows us to give our dominate hand a “breather” in between points and strokes. It will also help you become more balanced on the court. If you would like to learn more about how using your opposite hand can help your game grow, feel free to stop by the courts and ask. I would love to help!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Butterflies Abundant in GBCC Gardens

By GBCC Gardener Mary Lemens

The warm weather is finally a regular visitor for us. With the warmth comes insects. This mild winter and cool wet spring means no winter kill for a lot of insect species. It remains to be seen just which ones will become prominent. I have spotted early arrivals of some of my favorite insects, the Wisconsin native butterflies:

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 
  • Black Swallowtail
  • Spicebush Swallowtail 
  • Monarch
  • Painted Lady
  • Red Admiral

Each one has unique food sources and places to lay eggs. Milkweed as we know is the only food source for Monarchs as well as where they lay eggs. The caterpillars feed on the plant leaves of the plant as well. Most other butterflies will feed on the plant nectar of any flower.  They have some preferences for plants they lay eggs on including Aster, black eyed Susan, cone flowers, hollyhocks, Shasta daisies, dill, and fennel to name a few. I try to include many butterfly and insect-friendly plants in the gardens here. It is amazing how many insects a diverse garden will bring!

I'm hoping to spot more butterfly species to add to my list of what is visiting the GBCC gardens. I hope you take a minute to enjoy watching the butterflies flutter through the Club. It is a moment to just take in the little things in life we are so apt to miss in our busy lives.

Gardener out.