Rules of Golf - Etiquette

Safety

Prior to playing a stroke or making a practice swing, the player should ensure no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like which may be removed by the stroke or the swing.

Consideration for Other Players

The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before their opponent or fellow competitor tees his ball.

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

In the interest of all, players should play without delay.

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

Players searching for a ball should signal the players behind them to pass as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for 5 minuets before doing so. They should not continue play until the players following them have passed and are out of range.

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

Priority on the Course

In the absence of special rules, two-ball matches should have precedence over and be entitled to pass any three or four-ball match, which should invite them through.

A single player has no standing and should give way to a match of any kind.

Any match playing a whole round is entitled to pass a match playing a shorter round.

If a match fails to keep its place on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, it should invite the match following to pass.

Holes in Bunkers

Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully smooth over any holes and footprints made by them.

Replace Divots, Repair Ball-Markers and Damage by Spikes

Through the green, a player should ensure that any turf cut or displaced by them is replaced at once and pressed down, and that any damage to the putting green made by a ball is carefully repaired. Damage to the putting green caused by golf shoe spikes should be repaired on the completion of the hole.

Damage to Greens - Flagsticks, Bags etc.

Players should ensure that, when putting down bags or the flagstick, no damage is done to the putting green and that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing to close to it, in handling the flagstick or removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the green. Players should not damage the putting green by leaning on their putters, particularly when removing the ball from the hole.

Golf Carts, Buggies and Trolleys

Local notices regulating the use of golf carts, buggies and trolleys should be strictly observed.

Damage through Practice Swings

In taking practice swings, players should avoid causing damage to the course, particularly the tees, by removing divots.

 

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