Important Golf Concept: Divot Forwarding

Fresh divot, Heritage Village Country Club, Southbury, Connecticut, August 9. 2012.

Years ago, my brother, John, invented divot forwarding: instead of putting your divot back in its own divot hole, you put it in the next empty divot hole you come to as you walk toward the green. This has the effect not only of saving steps for you but also (as he pointed out to me recently) of “helping better players”—who, usually, are longer off the tee than you are.

The divot in the photo above is from Heritage Village Country Club, in Southbury, Connecticut. An L.P.G.A. Tour event, the Heritage Village Open, was held there in the early 1970s. The Connecticut State Golf Association’s Super Senior Tournament will take place there next week. Tony, who turned 65 this year, is playing in it. Today, Addison and I accompanied him on a practice round.

On one hole, we encountered a surprisingly aggressive doe, who made it clear she didn’t want us to pass:

Tony vs. doe, all-square.

Then we saw why: her fawn was with her, and we must have looked threatening.

Doe and fawn, one-up.

We stood around for a while. Then I let my push cart go on the path, and they ran off.

My cart vs. doe: back to even.

3 thoughts on “Important Golf Concept: Divot Forwarding

  1. Well thats just idiotic. The point of putting the divot back where it was is so the freshly injured grass can heal itself better and sooner. The next hole might’ve been there for a week or more, and the ground may be so dried out that the divot wont have any effect other then shading dirt from the sun. Sorry, I’m sticking with the old way.

  2. I did a disservice to my brother in my description of divot-forwarding. He replaces his own divots in the normal way, as do I. As he walks along a fairway, though, he will pick up divots left by players in other groups and, rather than backtracking to the holes they came from, find new homes for them as he walks to the green. Incidentally, this is a good way to pass the time during slow rounds–like knitting or doing needlepoint during a boring meeting.

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