Etiquette is a single word that describes a large number of rules that are, on the whole, self regulated and exist to make playing golf safe and pleasurable for you, your playing partners, those playing around you and those playing after you. Please read, understand, play responsibly and enjoy yourself.
• Before swinging a club, make sure you have enough space around you.
• Do not hit a ball towards a person who is in range of your shot.
• If you hit a shot that may hit someone (whether you can see them or not) then shout "FORE" loudly
to warn players within earshot of the risk. Apologise when you catch up with them.
[Following these simple rules can remove or mitigate the risk of being sued if players were to transgress and injure someone else on the course.]
Care of the course
• Always carry a pitch repair marker
• Replace your divots - please feel free to replace divots that other golfers have left!!
• Repair pitch marks - yours and at least one other.
• Leave each bunker the way you would want to find it if you were in there next, including leaving
rake in centre of the bunker. Don't step on the revetted face when walking out.
• Make sure your playing partners are all doing their bit to look after your course too.
• Buggies should use pathways where provided. Buggies and trolleys should not be taken between
greenside bunkers and the green on any hole. Buggies and trolleys should be kept off any part of the course prohibited by green staff for whatever reason.
• Place flagstick on ground - don't drop it.
Courtesy to your partners, fellow competitors and event organisers
Consideration should be shown to others at all times. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times irrespective of how competitive they are. This is the spirit of the game of golf.
Before the round
• Don't put your name down for a competition you are not going to play in (or allow others to put
your name down).
• Write your name legibly on the booking sheet (each name if you are booking in a group). Do not use Nicknames.
• If you have to cancel then remove your name from the booking sheet AND contact the other
members you were due to play with. The earlier the better. Particularly important with pairs/team
competitions and if your cancelling leaves someone on their own.
• No player, whether member or visitor should play the course without first having signed in at the
Pro-shop and obtained a tee-time.
• Turn up in time to book in and get to the tee 10 mins before your tee time, wearing clothing that complies with the club's dress code.
• Mark your ball and show it to your playing partners (and remember theirs).
• Know the Rules of Golf and the current Local Rules.
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During the round
• It is your responsibility to keep up with the group in front and, if there is no group in front of you, then to not hold up the group behind you (i.e. speed up or let the group behind play through at the earliest opportunity and then keep up with them). See Hints and Tips for Speeding up play without feeling Rushed.
• Watch each others' shot carefully so you can help to find any stray ball quickly and/or confirm
whether a ball has gone out of bounds or into a water hazard (and where it went into the water
• Do not distract or interfere with your playing partners while they are taking their shots.
• If you need to take relief/take a penalty drop then ask a playing partner/opponent before picking up your ball and/or selecting your point of relief.
• If you think that one of your playing partners is going to do something that you think they are not entitled to do (e.g. taking a drop from a water hazard at a point closer to the hole) then tell them - ideally before they do it. Many incorrect actions out on the golf course are a result of players not knowing the rules - educate them so it is less likely to happen in the future. It is every member's duty to the rest of the entrants in a competition to ensure that the rules are applied correctly in your group.
• Mark your opponent's card and your score carefully and accurately after each hole. You should
know what your opponent has scored and not have to ask "what did you get?". Asking to confirm
your understanding is, however, a good practice.
• Get to know your playing partners a bit better, particularly if you have never played with them
before. Golf is a social game. Enjoy their company.
• Be aware of players other than your group who may be within range or earshot. Show them the
courtesy you would expect back from them.
• On the green: don't tread on playing partners lines, offer to mark your ball if close to any of your
playing partners lines. Also, when your group has finished putting, get off the green and out of
range of the group behind asap. Do not stand on the green and mark your card(s).
• Displays of frustration are one thing, but outbursts of temper are unacceptable and potentially
dangerous. Keep your frustration internal and make sure your playing partners are not affected by your behaviour.
• Players should not discard rubbish on the course. Either put it in a bin or take it home i.e. empty bottles, cans, fruit skins, golf ball sleeves.
After the Round
• Shake hands and thank your playing companions for their company. If you have lost then
congratulate the winners.
• Take care completing both your opponents card and your own, making sure it is legible,
understandable (no Nicknames), accurate and fully completed (see separate note on Notice Board).
Remember that the Handicap Committee members who have to check your card are giving up their time for the benefit of all members - make their life as easy as you can. Make sure scores are added to computer correctly and cards are placed in the box only when you are quite sure everything is correct.
• Be sociable - have a drink with your playing partners. If you cannot then apologise, preferably well before you run off.