Observing Golfing Etiquette

  • Will all players please exercise care with regards to walkers crossing the course on public footpaths. Liability for any injuries caused by players not showing due care will lie with the player and not the Golf Club.
  • No one should move, talk, stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke
  • The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before his/her opponent or fellow-competitor tees his ball.
  • No player should play until the party in front is out of range.
  • In the interest of all, players should play without delay.
  • Players while searching for a ball should allow other matches coming up to pass them. They should signal to the players following them to pass, and should not continue with their play until those players that have passed are out of range.
  • Players should play at a good pace. It's a group's responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through. 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.
  • Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully rake all holes made by him/her therein.
  • A player should ensure that any turf cut or displaced by him/her is replaced at once and pressed down, and, that on the putting green any pitch mark made by him/her is obliterated as far as possible after the players have holed out.
  • Players should ensure that, when laying or placing bags or the flagstick on the putting green, no damage is done to the putting surface, and that neither they or their caddies damage the hole by standing close to the hole or in handling the flagstick. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.
  • When the result of a hole has been determined, players should immediately leave the putting green.
  • Visit the R&A site for their views on Golfing Etiquette
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