Etiquette on the Golf Course
Etiquette is more than just being polite; it is about a set of guidelines, which help to ensure all those involved in the game of golf maintain the basic principles of sportsmanship and fair play.
This brief guide is intended to help everyone enjoy their game.
Individual golfers are responsible for their actions when playing golf. We would recommend each golfer to take out additional insurance to cover liability in the event of you hitting someone during your game. To reduce the likelihood of hitting some, please follow these simple rules:
- Ensure the golfers in front are out of range of your shot before playing.
- Make sure that all paths, adjacent greens and landing zones are clear before you play your shot.
- Do not play a shot until greenkeeping staff have acknowledged you and waved you to play on.
- If required, shout “fore” prior to hitting your shot to alert them of your presence.
- Be aware of other golfers when taking practice swings.
- Shout “fore” if you think your shot might hit someone.
- Stay behind those in your group who are playing their shot.
Pace of Play
- In the interest of all golfers, you should play without delay.
- Be ready to take your next shot.
- Move off the green as soon as the hole has been completed.
- When searching for a ball, you should signal the players behind you to pass as soon as it becomes apparent the ball will not be easily found. You should not search for 5 minutes before doing so, nor should you continue play until the players following have passed out of range.
- If your match is failing to keep pace on the course and loses one clear hole or more on the players in front, you should invite the match following to pass.
- Two-ball matches shall normally have precedence over and be entitled to pass any three or four ball match.
- A single player has no standing and should give way to any match.
Care of the Course
- You should replace any divot or grass removed as a result of your shot.
- On the green ensure you do not cause damage when removing the flagstick and repair immediately any pitch or spike marks. Do not place your bag or trolley on the putting surface.
- Follow any directional or instructional signs on the course.
- Before leaving a bunker, ensure you carefully fill and smooth over all holes and footprints.