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Etiquette of golf

  1. In an effort to those player just taking up the game and to remind the experience players the following Regulations are in force for the general care of the Course and the Courtesy Code:

    1. Rules of Golf:

    Every person playing the course must be aware of the Rules of Golf as approved by the R & A Golf Club of St. Andrews.  Rule Books are available from the Club Manager.

    1. Local Rules:

    Please observe the Local , which are on the back of the scorecard.

    1. Registration:

    Every Visitor wishing to play the Course must sign the Course Register before commencing play. Green fees must be paid before commencing play.

    1. Handicapping:

    The handicaps of male and female Ordinary Members are regulate by the Handicapping Scheme CONGU 2004.

    In any round of a handicap competition, the competitor shall ensure that the handicap to which he/she is entitled, under the conditions of the competition is recorded on his/her score card before it is returned to the Committee. If no handicap is recorded on the score card before it is returned, or if the recorded handicap is higher than to which he/she is entitled and this affects the number of strokes received, he/shall be disqualified from that round of the handicap competition, otherwise, the score shall stand. (Rule 6 – 2B of the Rules of Golf)

    It is the player’s responsibility to know the holes at which handicap strokes are to be given or received.  All cards MUST be returned whether the course of the day was completed or not. This is essential to establish the CSS and SSS.  In competitions uncompleted cards or No Returns will not qualify for handicapped adjustment except at the discretion of the Committee.

     Competition Start Times
    The player must start at the time established by the committee. Rule 6.3a

    If a player is a member of more than one Golf Club, he/she must nominated one club as his/her “Home Club” where the handicap is kept, this should be the Club where the Member plays most of his/her competitive golf.

    It is expectd that all player over the course have a current handicap.
    Beginners must be accompanied by a player with a current handicap or one of our Professional Golfers.

    1. Marking of cards:

    Caddies are not permitted to mark-up competition score cards, it is strictly the Marker’s responsibility.

    1. Presentation of Prizes:

    Every competitor should make himself/herself available at the appropriate time of presentation of prizes.
    No competitor can win more than one prize in each competition.

    1. Dress Code:

    On the Course / Practice Ground

    Tailored shorts are permitted. Beach type shorts are not. Shirts must have collar and not be sleeveless and be tucked into trouser/shorts.  Jeans of any sort or track suits are not allowed.
    Golf caps should not be worn back-to-front.

  2. Ladies:
    Tailored shorts and skirts up to 4” above the knee are permitted. Shirts must have collar and
    sleeves and be tucked in.  Fashionable sleeveless shirts are acceptable but not have a gaping underarm. Leggings, mini skirts, and jeans of any sort or track suits must not be worn.

     Footwear: Ladies and Gents
    Golf shoes are preferred (either soft or metal spikes) Trainer shoes are acceptable. Socks must
    be worn.

    1. Caddies:

    Each player is allowed to employ one caddie only. Rule 6-4.
    Please pay off your caddie as soon as you leave the course,  before taking refreshments after the game.
    You are under no obligation to engage a caddie.

    1. Security:

    It is the responsibility of each player to ensure that valuables are not carried in their golf bag. The
    Club and its Executive Committee do not accepts liability for loss of a player’s property anywhere on
    on the Club premises or Course.

    1. Purchase of golf balls:

    The purchase of golf balls from caddies and other unauthorized persons is strictly prohibited. Please help the Committee to reduce trespassing on the Course. Golf balls can be purchases from the bar and the Golf Professionals.

    1. Golf bags:

    Each player must have as set clubs (maximum of 14). Carried inside a golf bag. Sharing of golf bags is prohibited. Golf clubs and bags can be hired from the Golf Professionals.

    1. Courtesy on the Course:


    Behavior during play:

    No one should move, talk or stand close or directly behind the ball or the hole when the player is addressing the ball or making a stroke. The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before his opponent or fellow competitor tees his ball.

    Consideration for other players:

    Mobile phones should be switched off when on the course.
    No player should pay until the players in front are out of range. In the interest of all, players should play without delay.  Slow play shows lack of consideration. Players searching for a ball should signal the players behind them behind them to pass as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not be easily found, they should not search for five minutes before doing so. They should not continue play until the players following them have passed and are out of range.

    When the play of a hole has been completed,  players should immediately leave the brown and mark-up their cards away from the vicinity of the brown. Do not shout greetings to another group, it interfere with other players, doff your cap instead.

    Children under 12 years must not enter the golf course unattended and parent/guardians an held responsible for their conduct.

    1. Slow Play:

    Slow players must invite faster groups to play through.
    They should not continue play until the faster group is out of range.

    1. Priority on the 1st/15th fairways:

    Players on the 1st hole must give way to players on the 15th hole. When a group of players on the 1st has given way to a group on the 15th , they will follow that group when it is safe to do so. If another group arrives at the 15th Tee, they should wait until the group that has allowed one group through, has move out of range.