Etiquette and integrity are at the very heart of golf.
Golf etiquette refers to a set of rules and practices designed to make the game of golf safer and more enjoyable for golfers and to minimize possible damage to golf equipment and courses. Although many of these practices are not part of the formal rules of golf, golfers are customarily expected to observe them.
PRIOR TO PLAY
ON THE TEE
ON THE GREEN
Tips to avoid slow play
The number one problem in golf today, as evidenced by the overwhelming golfer complaint, is Slow Play. The following tips can help you always keep pace with the group in front of you.
The golf course, clubhouse, practice green and driving range are subject to the regulations below and it is expected that members and guests will utilize the facilities with a well-groomed appearance.
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS OF DRESS
UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS OF DRESS
Guests must be informed of dress requirements in advance to avoid embarrassment. All staff are advised to strictly enforce the above dress regulations and their judgement as to the suitability of attire shall be considered final.
Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by him, and then leave the rake with the handle pointing toward the tee of the hole being played.
Flagsticks, Bags etc. Players should ensure that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to it in handling the flagstick or in removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.
Removing the Ball
Players are requested to NOT to use their putter to remove their golf ball from the hole.
Speed of play
All players should take responsibility for the speed of play in their group, not just the low marker. Your position should always be immediately behind the team ahead and not immediately Infront of the team behind. Please consider the following when on the course
Numerous practice swings, lengthy delays in lining up putts, pacing out distances prior to club selection, and viewing putts from all points of the compass are not sensible practices for the average golfer. If you are concerned about your ability to keep up in a field, consider playing at the end of the field.