Course Care & Etiquette
Course Care & Etiquette
Members are asked to pay particular attention to the following paragraphs – observance of them will add to the pleasure of all concerned on the course. It is the duty and responsibility of the lowest handicapped player in the match to see that the etiquette and rules of the game are observed. Please also refer to the R&A Rule of Golf, Ettiquette Section
- Members shall afford the President and Captain the courtesy of precedence on the first tee.
- No one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.
- The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before their opponent or fellow-competitor tees their ball.
- No player shall play until the players in front are out of range.
- A player who has incurred a penalty should intimate the fact to their opponent or marker as soon as possible.
- Players searching for a ball should allow other players coming up to pass them; they should signal to the players following them to pass, and should not continue their play until those players have passed and are out of range.
- Restore Divots. All players must carry a sand bucket or dispenser. Through the green, you are required to replace your divot, where possible, and cover with soil from the buckets provided; if this is not possible, cut in the edges of the divot and cover with soil. In both cases, leave the area so that it will be playable for the following players.
- After playing a shot from a bunker, smooth out all club and footmarks in the sand. On bunker faces, this should be done by using the smooth back of the rake. On the floor of the bunker, smoothing should be done with the toothed part of the rake pushing the sand to the middle of the bunker. Please return rakes to the centre of the bunker parallel to the line of play. Also leave the bunker from the rear.
- Repair Ball-Marks and Damage by Spikes. On the greens, repair your ball mark and any others you may notice. Damage to the putting green caused by golf shoe spikes should be repaired on completion of the hole.
- Players should ensure that when dropping 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 the hole before the players leave the putting green.
- It is the responsibility of the proposer and the seconder – immediately the nominee is elected to membership – to see that such new Member is introduced to other Members and advised of all rules governing the conduct of the Club and above all is sufficiently advanced in the knowledge of the Rules of Golf to be competent to perform the duty of a marker of a fellow competitor. Please see that you play with your nominee until they are so equipped.