Golf Etiquette

Maintain a Good Pace

  • Play Ready Golf. If you are ready to hit and others are still preparing for their shot, go ahead and play your shot.  This applies on the tee box and elsewhere on the course, provided it is safe to hit the ball.
  • Always try to keep pace with the group ahead of you, not in front of the group behind. If space opens in front of you, allow a faster group to play through.
  • Always leave the putting green as soon as your group has finished putting.
  • In Stableford events, our most familiar format, if you cannot score on a hole PICK UP. (All too often scores are entered on holes where the player does not receive enough handicap allowance to score!!)
  • It is the responsibility of the Group to maintain pace of play and if one member of the group is particularly slow it is the responsibility of the rest of the group to encourage that player to speed up, by whatever means necessary.

Keep It Safe

  • Do not swing your club if others are not a safe distance away. Remember to keep your distance when others are swinging.
  • When practicing your swing, never swing in the direction of others. There may be pebbles, twigs or other matter in the grass that could fly up and cause an injury
  • Do not hit the ball until you are certain that the group ahead is out of range.
  • If your ball appears headed toward another player or another group, give them a warning by yelling out, “Fore!”
  • Observe the safety suggestions posted in golf carts and drive carefully, keeping your cart to the cart paths as much as possible.

 Be considerate to Others

  • Never throw clubs in anger. In addition to being unsportsmanlike, it can be dangerous.
  • Quiet, please! Never talk during another player’s swing.
  • Do not yell out following a shot. Even if boisterous behaviour does not bother your playing partners, there are others on the course who may be within earshot.
  • Be aware of your shadow on the putting green. Do not stand in an area that causes your shadow to be cast across another player’s putting line.
  • Never walk over a player’s putting line. Step over the putting line or walk behind the player’s ball.
  • If you make scuff marks on the Putting Green, repair them before leaving the green.

Mobile phones

  • Phones must be turned off or in the mute mode, whilst on the course.


Not knowing the Rules of Golf is no excuse, if you break the rules then you must apply the penalty stroke/s. If in doubt, play a second ball and enter two scores.   The committee on the day will make a judgment.

Play the course as find it and the ball as it lies.  And if you can’t do either, play to the Rules of Golf.