Golf Etiquette & Courtesy


The lowest handicap marker in any group of players shall be captain of that group and is responsible for the correct etiquette and care of the course by that group, as outlined below.

Courtesy on the Course

Safety and General Courtesy:

Before playing a stroke or making a practice swing, the player 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 which may be moved by the stroke or swing.

No one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.

No player should play until the players in front are out of range.

Objectionable or abusive language or behavior likely to cause offence or injury to any other person will not be tolerated.

Pace of Play:

Players should play at a good pace. The Committees has set the following guidelines.

Stableford, Par and Team Events – about 4 hours;

Stroke 4:15 – 4:30 hours.

It is the 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.

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 from the green and towards the next tee.

When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.

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 be easily 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.