Members are advised that the Management Committee expects the following behaviour and actions to be a minimum standard of etiquette achievable by all members.
To assist members, an abbreviated version of these guidelines is included in the Member's Handbook.
Prior to Play
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early to report to the ProShop and Club Starter.
- If unable to take your place in the field, please notify the Club (08 8267 3706) as early as possible. Non notification causes disruption to other Members’ games of golf and will not be tolerated by the Club.
- Subject to other cancellations, you may be asked to change playing groups.
- Players are to carry a bucket of sand to fill all divot holes - including players with carry bags. In winter, divots are to be replaced and lightly sanded. At all other times, sand only should be used in divot holes.
- Be ready to play when it is your time to tee off.
On the Tee
- The player with the lowest handicap shall be the Captain of that match and is responsible for the observance of the Rules of Golf, Local Rules and Course Etiquette.
- Mark your ball so that you can identify it.
- Stand still and facing other golfers while they are hitting. No one should talk, be positioned close to or directly behind the ball when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.
- Hit ONLY on the instruction of the Starter and when golfers ahead of you are out of range.
- Watch where all balls go to avoid time spent looking for lost balls.
- Yell the warning "FORE!" if your ball is heading toward another golfer.
- Sand your divot
- Walk directly to your ball unless you reach someone else's ball first.
- Place your bag nearby when hitting.
- Take no more than one practice swing.
- Player furthest from the hole usually plays first, but golfers out of range of the group in front can play first, if ready.
- Sand your divot and others you see whilst walking the fairways.
- Walk briskly between shots and be ready to play when it is your turn.
- Keep pace with the group in front of you at all times.
- Assist playing partners when needed by bringing clubs, finding lost balls, etc.
On the Green
- Place your bag between the green and the next tee.
- Take all clubs that you may need.
- Ball marks in greens are to be repaired before leaving to play the next hole.
- Avoid stepping on another player's putting line.
- Players begin putting when all balls are on the green.
- The person furthest away from the hole putts first.
- On long putts, have another player attend the flagstick.
- Mark your ball if it is in the path of another player's ball.
- Care should be taken not to damage the edge of the hole or the green surface when removing or replacing the flag stick or with shoe sprigs.
- The putter head MUST NOT be used to remove the ball from the hole.
- Record all scores on the next tee.
In the Bunker
- Foot and club marks are to be raked out before leaving a bunker.
- Players should refrain from walking up the face of bunkers, except when playing the ball.
Calling-Up and Playing-Through Procedure
- When a group is looking for a ball that may be lost or has not yet been located, they shall immediately call-up the following group.
- The Management Committee has decreed that if all members of a group vacates the fairway and are clearly engrossed in a search, the following group may assume that they have been called-up. It is important that greater care is taken by players complying with this direction,
- In either circumstance, players called-up will play their shots without delay and walk briskly from the tee-block.
- If the front group is not ready to play when the called-up group has located the golf balls of all players in their group, the called-up group shall proceed to play- through.
- However, if the front group becomes able to play at any stage before all members of the called-up group are completely ready to play, the front group shall proceed and the playing-through procedure shall lapse.
Note: the only purpose of calling-up and playing-through is to save time and keep the field moving. It must never be used as a penalty against the group that may be momentarily delayed or a bonus for the group called-up. Commonsese shall prevail in the interpretation of this rule.
1. Call-Up Holes
The Management Committee has determined that all Par-3 holes shall be Call-Up Holes. Members are to: -
- Ensure all players have their ball on the green.
- Carefully mark each golf ball.
- Move to rear and one side of the green.
- Call-up the group following to play their tee-shot.
- Watch the flight of each ball and warn any player who might be in danger.
2. Stableford and Par Competitions
Members are to pick up the ball when strokes are exhausted in Par and Stableford competitions.
3. Mobile Phones
- Mobile Phones may be carried on the course however in consideration of other members, mobile phones must be switched off (or placed on silent) during play.
- In the clubroom, Mobile Phones must be switched off during any formalities conducted by the Committee, e.g. presetations and announcements.