Etiquette & Course Care
General Etiquette on the Course
We understand your here to enjoy yourself. But in the best interest and the respect of all people using the facilities, it is appreciated that amongst the excitement, that we all attempt to keep noise levels to a minimum.
No one likes a slow round of golf, so here are some tips to help you with your pace of play
- If the group behind you are you quicker than you, please stand aside to let them play through, particularly when looking for a lost ball.
- Minimize you practice swings, and please restrict from playing multiple shots
- Marking scorecards on the following tee will allow players behind you play their approach shot to the green
Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by him, and then leave the rake with the handle pointing toward the tee of the hole being played.
Bunker – picture guide (right)
- Always enter the bunker at the lowest point.
- Pull rake toward you as you exit the bunker.
- If required rake other affected areas.
- Do not pile sand at the edge of the bunker. Push back excess sand.
- Always leave rake in the flat of the bunker with the handle pointing toward the tee of the hole being played.
Ball Marks- picture guide (right)
- Always start at the back of the mark and push forward with the repairer.
- Use repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the mark. Do not lift the soil upwards.
- Lightly tap down with putter.
- Your completed repair should look like this.
Divots – picture guide (right)
- Remove any loose turf from the affected area.
- Knock in all sides of the edge of the divot with your club or your shoe.
- Correctly mended divot.
Damage to Greens
Flagsticks, Bags etc.
Players should ensure that, when putting down bags, or the flagstick, no damage is done to the putting green, and that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to it in handling the flagstick or in removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.
Handling the flag
Picture guide (right)
- Don’t drop the flagstick on the putting surface as it will cause damage.
- Always lower the flagstick by club
- … or by hand.
- Avoid damage to surrounds by placing the stick in the centre of the cup.
Golf carts can only be driven by those who have been given approval to do so. Users are required to abide by the Rules governing the Use of Golf Carts.
Damage Through Practice Swings
In taking practice swings players should avoid causing damage to the course, particularly the tees by removing divots.
Green Cutting Procedures
Greens are cut in a predetermined order.
On days on which competitions are programmed, the aim is to cut each green before players on the time sheet are in a position to reach any particular green.
In the event of players in a competition being ready to play a green, the staff are instructed to stand aside and allow the players to proceed.
On other occasions, ie no competition or members playing earlier than times shown on the time sheet, the Greens Staff are instructed to proceed with their programme of work. There are good reasons for this procedure, including the need to complete essential work on the entire course in the time available after allowing for scheduled competitions. On such occasions players must allow work to proceed be it on the fairway, tee, green or practice fairway. Players must not hit if Course Staff or machinery are in range.