This section provides guidelines on the manner in which the game of golf should be played. By following them, all players will gain maximum enjoyment from the game.
The overriding principle is that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.
The lowest handicapped player in a group is responsible for ensuring that all players observe the etiquette of golf.
The following useful tips will make your round all the more enjoyable for you and your playing partners:
Before you Tee Off
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in at the Golf Shop.
- Check the Local Rules and any Temporary Local Rules before you hit off.
- Collect a sand bucket from areas adjacent to the Golfer’s Terrace.
- Do not commence rounds from tees other than the 1st or 10th without prior approval from the Golf Shop.
- Ensure any electronic devices taken onto the course don’t distract other players.
- Be ready to play when it is your time to tee off.
On the Tee
- Mark your ball so that you can identify it.
- Only tee your ball up when it’s your turn to play.
- Stand still and watch other golfer’s shots while they are teeing off.
- Sand your divot.
On the Fairway
- Keep up with the group in front.
- If you fall one hole behind, you must call through the following group.
- Players, who call through another group should if convenient, play their next shot and walk forward with the group called through. Do not resume play until the players called through are out of range.
- Walk briskly between shots and be ready to play when it is your turn.
- Take no more than one practice swing.
- Sand your divot, and others you may see whilst walking the fairways.
- Assist playing partners when needed by bringing clubs, finding lost balls, etc.
- Adhere to motorised cart policy at all times.
On the Green
- Players are permitted to wheel buggies across the greens and tees.
- Golf carts must not under any circumstances be driven across the green.
- Repair your pitch-mark and others.
- Do not stand on another player’s putting line or, when they are making a stroke cast a shadow over their line.
- Mark your ball if it is in the path of another player’s ball.
- Remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out.
Safety on the Course
- Ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when you make a stroke or practice swing.
- Wait until the players in front are out of range.
- Players should always alert green staff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them.
- If your ball’s heading in a direction where there is a danger of it hitting someone, shout a warning immediately.The traditional word of warning is ‘fore’.