Etiquette on the Golf Course
- Inappropriate language is not acceptable at any time, to either members or employees of Abridge.
- Use of mobile telephones are not permitted anywhere on the course or any practice areas
- Mobile phones may be used in the club house in silent mode, discreetly without disturbing others
- Smoking is only permitted in designated areas;please ensure you always use the ash trays, not leaving butts on the floor.
- Clothing and shoes should be changed in the changing rooms only and not in the car park or other areas
Etiquette on the Golf Course
The guidelines for good golf etiquette are there for several very important reasons: Many of them relate to the safety of golfers, many relate to pace of play (which helps keep the game enjoyable), and other rules of golf etiquette relate to maintaining the quality of the golf course.
In other words, golf etiquette is an essential part of the game. And it’s something that newcomers to the game often learn as they go – on the course,when playing with more experienced golfers.
If you are new to the game, or just need to brush up on your golf etiquette, here are some basic rules that will help keep the game enjoyable for you and those around you.
Keep It Safe
Do not swing your club until you know that others in your group are at a safe distance. Likewise, keep your distance when others are swinging. Be aware to steer clear of trouble.
When practising your swing, never swing in the direction of another player. There may be pebbles or twigs or other matter in the grass that could fly up and injure a playing partner.
Do not hit the ball until you are certain that the group ahead of you is out of range.
If your ball appears headed toward another player or another group, give them a warning by yelling out, “Fore’’ (an internationally recognized alert).
Observe the safety suggestions posted in golf buggies and drive carefully.
Never throw clubs in anger. In addition to being rude and childish, it could also be dangerous.
Ring the bells on the 6th and 8th holes on passing, and 11th tee on arriving, to advise following players that it is safe to play. Listen for these bells before playing your tee shot on the 6th tee and when approaching the 8th and 10th greens.
The retrieving of balls from the pond on the 2nd is prohibited.
Maintain a Good Pace
Keep the round moving by being prepared to hit your shot when it is your turn. You probably don’t like waiting on other groups – don’t make other groups wait on you.
Do not spend too much time looking for a lost ball, particularly if there is a group behind you ready to play. If you insist on taking the full five minutes allotted in the rule book to look for lost balls, golf etiquette says wave up the group behind to allow them to play through.
Always try to keep pace with the group ahead of you. If space opens in front of you, allow a faster group to play through.
When two players in a buggy hit to opposite sides of a hole, drive to first ball and drop off that player with his club, then drive to the second ball. After both players hit, meet up farther down the hole. When walking from your buggy to your ball, take a couple clubs with you. Taking only one club, then having to return to the cart to retrieve a different club, is a huge time-waster.
Always leave the putting green as soon as your group has finished putting.
Be Kind to the Course it is there for all of us to enjoy
Observe buggy and trolley rules. Stick to buggy paths wherever practicable and when directed by notices on and around the course.
Keep them away from greens and hazards. Do not take them between the greenside bunkers and the green as the wheels can damage these sensitive areas. Please try to avoid damaging the course.
Repair your divots in the fairway.
Repair your ball marks on the green.
Always rake sand bunkers after hitting to erase your footprints and damage to the area where your ball was.
Avoid taking a divot on a practice swing.
Use your hand to remove the ball from the hole NOT your putter as this often misshapes the hole.
And a Few More Golf Etiquette Hints
Never talk during another player’s swing.
Do not yell out following a shot. Even if boisterous behaviour doesn’t bother your playing partners, there are other people on the course who may be within earshot.
Be aware of your shadow on the putting green. Don’t stand in a place that causes your shadow to be cast across another player or that player’s putting line.
Never walk through a playing partner’s putting line. Your footprints might alter the path of a partner’s putt. Step over the putting line, or walk around (behind) the partner’s ball.