Golfers can do quite well without rakes in the sand. They must remember to smooth out any big holes.
Wouldn"t golf be more enjoyable for the 25 handicapper if there were no sand traps?
i agree, no rakes, free drop in bunker.
Take away the rakes
Play it as it lies......for the last few months when I have play golf an if I’m lucky enough to land in a bunker I have not noticed any difference from smooth sand or foot print ruff sand. No rakes saves time.
I also notice that as I age less people throw their trash in garbage cans. Less dog owners pick up their dog’s poo, and people are washing their hands less after using a public restroom. ( Until CV19) Further more all of these things take more time!!! So screw those rakes! .. . . Let the greenskeeper and his crew work less darnit!!! . WAIT !that is probably not a good idea, let’s just stick with setting a standard of work ethic and do more not less.
NO ONE EVER RAKES THE TRAPS ANYWAY!!! I WOULD BET MOST PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW THEY ARE MISSING.
A trap is supposed to be a hazard but we keep them so pristine that the pros hit into them directly for an easier up and down. I say let 'em go for non tournaments and allow a pick and drop rule for really bad lies. Ask players to "clean up" a little after (with their club)their shot. For tournaments, probably keep the rule as it is so everyone has the advantage of an easy shot.
It is not difficult to have rakes available on carts . This way they are always close at hand and never affect a shot , roll or lie. Walkers could even carry their own . Personally I carry one in my bag so the next golfer never has to experience a bad shot because of me
What about seniors who cannot walk 9 Holes much less 18 holes