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The low handicap player and/or the senior member of a group is responsible to ensure that players observe the etiquette of golf, which implies thoughtfulness for others.
Slow play is a problem and players are reminded of their responsibility to others on the course and that a two stroke penalty or disqualification can be applied in competition play. Moreover, under the Rules of Golf, penalties may also be applied for a serious breach of etiquette. No Committee wishes to take such stringent action so in the interests of all players you are requested to observe the following.
1. Check the Local Rules before you hit off.
2. 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.
3. No player shall play until the players in front are out of range.
4. Keep up with the group in front. If you fall one hole behind and players behind are waiting you must call the following players through without request. Should players in front fail to call you through in these circumstances you should request to play through.
5. Do not walk ahead of someone still to play but aim to position yourself and select your club before it is your turn to play. On the putting green repair plug marks and study the line of your putt before it is your turn to play.
6. Consider pulling the bag of the last player on the tee forward immediately after the player has played his shot. This can help save time.
7. Watch other players’ shots and if there appears to be a possibility of a ball being hard to find, mark its position carefully and discuss your view of the probable position as you walk forward with the player.
8. Play a provisional ball if it is likely that your ball may be hard to find.
9. Move briskly between shots and stay aware of your responsibilities to other players in the field.
10. Call following players through if they are waiting and your ball is not immediately found. You may search for your ball for 5 minutes but waiting players must be called on to play through if it is your turn to play and your ball has not been found. Players who call through another group should, if convenient, play their next shots until both groups have reached the green. The calling players should then allow the players called through to putt out and leave the green.
11. Loosely replaced divots are pulled out by mowers and birds. Repair divot marks by loosening the earth with the club head before replacing the divot and treading down the divot into the earth, then lightly covering with sand.
12. Enter and leave bunkers at their low part and walk directly to your ball via the flat portion of the bunker. Smooth or rake all marks in a bunker and leave the rake on a flat part of the bunker parallel with the line of play, but not so close to the edge that it could trap a ball in an unfair position. Do not walk up the face of the bunker.
13. Take your buggy straight across the green avoiding crossing the line of any putt and leave it close to the exit to the next tee. If a player has left his bag on the wrong side of a green for whatever reason, it is helpful if another member of the group pulls the bag to the exit.
14. Repair ball marks on the putting green, particularly your own, and repair spike damage after putting out.
15. Mark the position of your ball on the green using a small coin or some other form of loose marker. Do not disfigure the green with scratches.
16. Always hold the flagstick at arm’s length in the centre of the hole so as to avoid undue wear around the hole. The flagstick should be correctly replaced in the hole before players leave the green.
17. Finish putting out if you can without standing on the line of other players.
18. Pass the flag stick to another player before it is your turn to putt. Do not drop the flagstick on the green.
19. In non match play events, when playing in fours, the first two players who putt out on each hole should move immediately to the next tee and prepare to hit their shots. When playing in threes the first player to putt out should do likewise. This may save at least ten minutes per round.
20. Tell your marker clearly how many shots you took as you complete each hole. Never mark your card when it is your turn to play and do not hold up play by marking your card on the green.
21. In Par and Stableford competitions players must pick up if they cannot score on the hole.
Players engaged in pennant matches and matches played under the auspices of the Match Committee have rights over all other players on the course.
Members are requested to have consideration for their fellow golfers by deactivating their mobile telephones while playing on the course. However, during certain match day events stipulated by the Committee, mobile phones may be permitted for marshalling purposes only, provided they are switched to discreet or non ring-tone mode.
Motorised Golf Carts
Due to the restricted amount of Club land, it is the policy of the Club to keep the use of motorised carts on the Course to a minimum.
The prime use of motorised carts is to assist Members who have temporary or permanent health conditions which prevent their readily walking around the golf course to play golf. Motorised carts fall into two categories, Member owned and Club owned.
Member owned carts
1. Members are required to apply in writing to the Committee for permission to use a motorised cart. Such an application should be accompanied by an appropriate medical certificate supporting a case for the use of a motorised cart.
2. If an application is approved by the Committee, the Member’s name will be recorded in a register in approval date order.
3. Prior to permission being given, the vehicle is to be inspected to determine its suitability. Battery powered carts/bikes/scooters of a standard size and shape are preferred.
4. Where storage of the motorised cart on Club premises is required and available, an annual charge will be made to cover the costs of fuel or recharging batteries, general cleaning, power, security and storage.
5. Notwithstanding any charge imposed by the Club, it is the responsibility of the owner to have comprehensive insurance on his/her motorised cart. The Club will not accept any responsibility for damage to, theft of, or theft from a motorised cart while in storage at the Club or on the course.
6. An owner must not authorise another person to use his/her motorised cart independent of the owner unless such person is on the Club register of Members approved to use a motorised cart, or has specific authorisation from the General Manager. Such authorisation must be provided in writing.
7. The number of motorised cart spaces allotted for member owned buggies shall not be greater than 10.
8. An owner should be prepared to make his/her cart available to Club officials where required for official Club business, when Club motorised carts are not available and the motorised cart is not being used by the owner while s/he is playing.
Club owned carts
1. A Member who is on the Club Register of Members approved to use a motorised cart, or who has specific authorisation from the General Manager, shall have priority in booking Club owned motorised carts where such a member does not own a motorised cart. A fee for use of a Club motorised cart shall be paid at the Pro Shop.
2. Subject to availability at times determined by the Committee, Members may hire Club motorised carts for their own use and/or the use of their guests.
3. Members who are not on the Club Register of Members approved to use a motorised cart, or who have not obtained specific authorisation from the General Manager, may only book a motorised cart within 48 hours of its intended use.
4. The hiring of motorised carts is restricted to those persons over the age of 18 years.
Rules for use of motorised golf carts
1. Carts are to be driven on made paths wherever possible and must not be driven onto tees or greens or between bunkers and greens, nor are they to be left standing close to bunkers or greens.
2. Damage to the course from the use of motorised carts must be avoided at all times. Carts must not be driven through sodden areas, newly formed work, turf repairs, into garden beds, shrubs or low tree branches. Carts must be driven around the outside of greenside bunkers.
3. No more than two persons may ride in a cart, and hand buggies should not be towed by persons in a motorised cart.
4. Persons under the age at which a learner driver’s permit may be obtained must not be in control of a motorised cart at any time.
5. Carts must be returned to their parking station after play and the key returned to the Pro Shop.
6. When carts are used in competitions, the users must maintain their normal place in the field and will have no special priority.
7. The Committee reserves the right to limit the occasions and the competitions in which carts may be used. In particular, in adverse conditions, the use of motorised carts on the course is at the discretion of the General Manager.
8. The use of motorised carts in certain Board events may be restricted. The competition conditions must be consulted to determine any such restrictions.