While on the whole the membership of the society have an excellent appreciation and knowledge of the rules and etiquette of golf, we thought that the following might be useful.
On the 1st Tee
- Always be on the tee before your allocated starting time.
- Check the markings on your ball before driving.
- Do not damage the tee with practice swings. (Or your opponents)
- Do not stand immediately behind, or in front of , any player addressing the ball.
- Maintain absolute silence whilst shots are being played.
- Do not drive from the tee whilst other players are playing to or putting out on adjacent greens.
- Do not drive until the players in front are out of range.
- To avoid wasting time searching for balls, always watch the flight of your partners or opponents ball and note its point of landing.
On the fairway
- Once out on the course enjoy your golf, but always remember that the manner in which you play your game will always influence the pleasure or other golfers around you.
- By all means take all the time you need to play shots to the best of your ability, but keep play moving smoothly at all times. Do not waste time between shots and be prepared to be called through at any time.
- When searching for a lost ball and the match behind are ready to play their shots- call them through immediately. You are permitted 5 minutes to find your ball before declaring it lost.. but you are not permitted to delay the match behind for 5 minutes before calling them through.
- If you have a clear hole in front of you and the match behind are waiting to play their shots- call them through immediately.
- If you are a four ball, and a two ball or a foursome match is behind and travelling faster than you … then call them through at the first opportunity.
- It always helps to ‘spot’ every ball in a match. Any time saved at all in searching for lost balls will improve the quality of golf all round.
- Think about the shot you are about to play as you approach the ball.
- Having studied your shot, select you club quickly and quietly.
- Having played your shot, replace any divots and return the club to your bag quietly.
Around the Green
- It is always worth your while to check the Local Rules to clarify the conditions to apply to situations such as plugged balls, stones in bunkers, relief from staked trees and tractor marks. To understand these ‘special’ conditions will always save time and safeguard your score under competitive conditions.
- Players with trolleys and golf carts should follow the appropriate signs and should not take their ‘wheels’ on the the aprons and surrounds of the greeens.
- On reaching the green it helps to leave your clubs at a point directly between the pin and the path you intend taking to the next tee. Avoid covering the same ground twice.
- When two matches find themselves in close proximity it makes sense for the match ahead to play first – this keeps play moving and is less likely to cause congestion.
- Before playing your shot to the green, make sure that you do not disturb, or are not disturbed by others close by. It is worth checking that they are not setting up to play as you are about to play yourself.