Provision of Towels
The provision of towels in the Gents Locker Room is proving to be problematical. We started with 100 and now have just over 50 but, more importantly, our "house" team only able to launder a limited number at any one time. This means that, when demand is heavy, there are times when we ‘run out’! If there are no towels available on the shelves this means we don’t have any available. In order to be certain you have a towel for your shower, members are encouraged to bring one along, just in case we have run out on that day.
Golf Course Etiquette
Last year, we received reports of members driving balls from the 2nd tee onto the 5th fairway and from the 5th tee onto the 1st fairway. We know that there are occasions when this happens accidentally, but there is evidence of members deliberately targeting these lines to afford themselves easier shots to the greens. These shots are played to blind areas and are dangerous in the extreme. Any member who is guilty of this practice will be dealt with under the Club’s disciplinary system. Should the practice continue the Committee will have no alternative other than to introduce internal ‘Out of Bounds’ in these areas.
Another practice to be discouraged is that of members taking trolleys on the surrounds of the greens and even between the green and bunkers.
The Rules Of Golf are maintained by the R & A and are issued to all golfers, free of charge, under a sponsorship deal with Rolex.
Section 1 of the Rules is headed: Etiquette; Behaviour on the Course. It’s a very short Section but its importance for all our members should not be underestimated. Please read it all and use these Rules of Golf to help everyone enjoy their game. Below are a couple extracts that are vitally important:
Pace of Play
Players should play at a good pace. It is a 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. 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.
5-Balls - Updated April 2014
Concern has been raised to the General Committee about the number of groups going out in a 5-ball and the delays it is causing to other players in smaller groups on the course. If you must play in a 5-ball it is important that golf etiquette is adhered to at all times and if you are causing a delay then please ensure you let the group behind through.
If further complaints are received then the committee will have no option but to ban 5-balls..
Priority on the Course
Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is determined by a group’s pace of play. Any group playing a whole round is entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round. The term “group” includes a single player.
Care of the Course
Not a rule of golf but one of our Bye-Laws requires that members DO NOT take their trollies on the fringes between greens and bunkers. Please abide by this rule - it's there for good reason - to protect your course, for your enjoyment.
We are now coming into the full playing season and it is important to remind all members of the tee closure times which are published in the Club Fixture Book (may be subject to alteration), displayed at the main entrance, published on the website and in the E-Bulletin. If the Tee is closed then do not go off the first tee even if no one is on the tee before checking with the Pros Shop that it is O.K. to do so. If you are down to play in a competition with a tee closure ensure that you are there at least 5 minutes prior to your time to avoid any delays for those following. These rules will help the smooth running of competitions thus benefiting ALL members.
Bunkers and Rakes
When you've raked a bunker after you've played out, where do you leave the rake ? Is it left in the middle of, or outside the bunker ? There is nothing in the Rules of Golf, its being left to the discretion of the Club. What is our policy? Whether it's to leave rakes inside bunkers or outside (but away from the normal line of play), we should take great care not to leave the rake at the edge or overlapping the edge where it can impede the next player's ball and / or cause it to be trapped under the bunker lip. This is inconsiderate to following members whose play may be unfairly impeded.
The Spirit of the Game
Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other Players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf.