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Golf etiquette

THE CLUB

1) RESPECT FOR CLUB MEMBERS, OTHER GUESTS AND STAFF

  • ­ Be polite and friendly towards everybody
  • Do not swear, do not to use coarse or offensive language.
  • Avoid disturbing the peace both within and outside the premises.
  • The use of cellular phones is not permitted on the golf course. Exceptions will be made, e.g., for medical doctors on call. In the Club House mobile phones are strongly urged to use “silent” ring.
  • Gambling is forbidden
  • Animals are forbidden on the Course or within any other Club facility.

2) DRESS CODE

  • Appropriate clothing is required at all times:
    on the Course: sportswear, except for paramilitary pants, tracksuits, collarless T­shirt , sleeveless shirts for men and , for ladies, too short pants; shirts and polo must be tucked in.
  • in the Club House: during the day smart­casual attire; wear pants and shirt/polos for the prize­giving; jackets are recommended for evenings.
  • hats worn inside the Club house are unacceptable; the same goes for hats worn back to front on the course.

3) THE CLUB HOUSE

  • ­ Do not park or pass with trolleys or golf bags through paved areas around the Club House. ­
  • Clean shoes thoroughly before walking into the Club House
  • Do not clean shoes using the locker room towels.
  • Do not bring locker room towels on the Course.

4) RESPECT THE COURSE

  • Know and comply with the Rules of golf (R & A) and Golf Etiquette.
  • Throw cigarette butts and litter in the provided bins
  • Do not drive golf cars close to greens or avant­green; stay, wherever possible, on the rough.

5) GOLF CARS

  • The Secretariat , in accordance with the Green keeper, may ban the use of Golf cars, if it should result in damage to the Course. Pre­warning or relative information will be indicated on the notice board
    The use of Golf car is restricted to adults; transportation of minors is the driver responsibility.
    During competitions, Golf Cars may be used only by “Senior” players ; exceptions will be made for younger players if afflicted with serious health problems and supported by medical certificate, subject to Sports Committee or Secretariat’s approval.

6) COMPETITIONS

  • ­ Take part as much as possible in prize­giving. When unable to receive an award, appoint a delegate. In the case of unjustified absence, the prize will not be delivered.
  • If you are unable to take part in a competition to which you have registered, please inform the Reception Office staff as soon as possible.
  • When you have terminated your game, and especially after a competition, take your golf bags back to the Caddie master..

7) CLUB MANAGEMENT

  • All complaints must be referred directly to the Reception Office staff.

8) PARKING

  • Cars must be parked in the provided parking lots, and not along the lanes or in front of the Club House or the Hotel (if you are not a Hotel guest)
    Loading, unloading and turnaround in front of the Club House is permitted, if done in the shortest possible time

9) PRACTICE RANGE

  • Avoid noise at all times and follow the professional staff’s recommendations.

THE GAME

The Spirit of the Game

The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules.
All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they maybe.
This is the spirit of the game of golf.

Safety

Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles,
twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing.
Players should not play until the players in front are out of range.
Players should always alert greenstaff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might
endanger them. If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout a warning. The traditional word of warning in such a situation is “fore”.

No Disturbance or Distraction

Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise.
Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players. On the teeing ground, a player should not tee his ball until it is his turn to play.
Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball when a player is about to play.

On the Putting Green

On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or when he is making a stroke, cast a shadow over his line of putt. Players should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out.

Be Ready to Play

Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When playing on or near the putting green, they should leave their bags or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.

Pace of Play

Players should play at a good pace. The Committee may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow. It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play through.

Scoring

In stroke play, a player who is acting as a marker should, if necessary, on the way to the next tee, check the score with the player concerned and record it.

Number of clubs

Fourteen clubs are the maximum allowed in one player’s bag. Any number below 14 is fine. Those 14 clubs cannot be changed during the course of one round. You must finish with the 14 you started with.
There are some exceptions, in the case of a club breaking.
If the club was broken in anger ­ for example, as a result of being slammed into a tree or thrown down the fairway ­ it cannot be replaced.
If, however, the damage occurs “in the normal course of play” ­ e.g., the club head snaps off a driver, or an iron is bent when trying to play from under a tree branch ­ there are options for replacement.
However, if you begin with fewer than 14, you may add clubs during a round as long as no delay is caused and as long as the club(s) added are not borrowed from another player.
The penalty for exceeding the 14­club rule in match play is a loss of hole for each hole played in violation of the rule, up to two holes lost; in stroke play the penalty is two strokes for each hole played in violation of the rules, with a maximum of four strokes.

Lost Ball

If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, he should play a provisional ball. Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range.

Bunkers

Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.

Repair of Divots, Ball­Marks and Damage by Shoes

Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself). On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired.

Preventing Unnecessary Damage

Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason.
Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick. In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole. The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole. Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before players leave the putting green.
Local notices regulating the movement of golf carts should be strictly observed.

Penalties for Breach

If players follow the guidelines in this Section, it will make the game more enjoyable for everyone.
If a player consistently disregards these guidelines during a round or over a period of time to the detriment of others, it is recommended that the Committee consider taking appropriate disciplinary action against the offending player. Such action may, for example, include prohibiting play for a limited time on the course or in a certain number of competitions.
In the case of a serious breach of Etiquette, the Committee may disqualify a player under Rule 33­-7.

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