Course Etiquette

Etiquette

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, care for the course 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.

Etiquette is an integral and inextricable part of the game, which has come to define golf’s values worldwide.

Put simply, it is a series of guidelines that exist to show other players, whether through divot repair or awareness of your shadow, a degree of fairness which you would expect to receive in return.

In terms of golf’s environment, etiquette is about showing respect for the course on which you are playing and the work that has been put in to create it. It’s about making sure that the game is played safely and that others on the course are able to enjoy the round as much as you.

In short: it’s about showing consideration to all others on the course at all times.

Care of the Course

Bunkers
Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.

Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks and Damage by Shoes
Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself). On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired.

Preventing Unnecessary Damage
Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason.

Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick.

In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole. The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole.
Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole.

The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.

Local notices regulating the movement of golf carts should be strictly observed.

Keeping Pace

Play at a Good Pace and Keep Up
You should always play at a good pace. The committee may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow. It’s a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If they lose a clear hole and delay the group behind, they 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, they should also invite the faster moving group to overtake them.

Be Ready to Play
You should be ready to play as soon as it’s your turn to play. When on or near the putting green, leave your bags or carts just off the green on the way to the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, leave the putting green quickly.

Lost Ball
If you think your ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, play a provisional ball. 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 easily be found. They shouldn’t search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they shouldn’t continue play until the group coming through has passed and is out of range.

Consideration for Others

No Disturbance or Distraction
You should always show consideration for other players on the course and take care not to not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise.

You should also ensure that any electronic devices taken onto the course don’t distract other players.

Only tee your ball up when it’s your turn to play and remember not to stand close to the ball, directly behind it, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to swing.

On the Putting Green
On the putting green, you should be careful not stand on another player’s line of putt or, when he is putting, cast a shadow over his line.

And you should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out.

Scoring
In stroke play, if you’re acting as a marker, on the way to the next tee you should, if necessary, check the score with the player concerned and record it.

Safety
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 when they make a stroke or practice swing.

Wait until the players in front are out of range. Players should always alert green staff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them.

If your ball’s heading in a direction where there is a danger of it hitting someone, shout a warning immediately. The traditional word of warning is “fore”.

Dress Code

Responsibility

The standard of dress and general appearance will at all times determine the entitlement of members, their guests and visitors to use the facilities of the clubhouse and course and will be consistent with the dignity of the club.

On The Course – Dress Code (Men)
  • Smart recognised golf apparel must be worn at all times.
  • Caps: – All caps should be worn with the peak at the front.
  • Shirts: – Golf shirts must have collars, with either long or short sleeves (round/crew neck golf shirts are acceptable). Shirts must be tucked into trousers or shorts at all times.  Rugby/football shirts are prohibited, as are shirts carrying logos,  slogans, numbers or illustrations on apparel that are not golf related.
  • Trousers: – Must be tailored and appropriate for golf.  All types or colour of denim, paramilitary or camouflage style trousers, combat trousers (multiple pockets), cut-offs or tracksuits are strictly prohibited.
  • Shorts: – Shorts to be tailored or of appropriate golf attire.
  • Socks: – Shorts must be worn with socks, which, if long (to the knee) must be of a single plain colour. Short socks must be predominantly white in colour. Training shoe socks are permitted.
  • Shoes: – Only shoes designed for the purpose of playing golf are permitted.
On The Course – Dress Code (Ladies)
  • Smart recognised golf apparel must be worn at all times.
  • Caps: – All caps should be worn with the peak at the front.
  • Shirts: – Collarless shirts/tops must have sleeves.  Sleeveless shirts/tops must have collars and must have a modest neck line.  Shirts worn outside must be designed for that purpose and at hip length.  Halter neck tops and tank tops are not permitted.
  • Trousers: – Must be tailored and appropriate for golf.  All types or colour of denim, paramilitary or camouflage style trousers, combat trousers (multiple pockets), cut-offs or tracksuits are strictly prohibited.
  • Shorts: – Shorts to be tailored or of appropriate golf attire.
  • Skirts: – Golf skirts/culottes are permitted.
  • Socks: – Shorts must be worn with socks, which, if long (to the knee) must be of a single plain colour. Short socks must be predominantly white in colour. Training shoe socks are permitted.
  • Shoes: – Only shoes designed for the purpose of playing golf are permitted.
On The Course – Etiquette
  • Mobile phones should be switched off or on silent.
  • Please repair pitch marks, rake bunkers and replace divots. Please use the divot mix on par 3 holes to repair divots.
  • No trolleys or buggies on tees, fringes or between greenside bunkers and green.
  • Avoid slow play at all times. Keep pace with the game in front. Respect other golfers and allow games through if yours is causing delay.
In The Clubhouse – Dress Code and Etiquette
  • The use of mobile phones in the clubhouse bar and lounge is prohibited. Please use the rear foyer, cloakroom or outside.
  • Smart casual dress is essential. Please change from working clothes if these risk transgressing our dress code.
  • Shirts to be tucked in at all times. Shirts designed to be worn outside the trousers may be worn in the clubhouse only on a designated Club function.
  • Collar to be worn at all times or appropriate golf attire (No slogan shirts or t-shirts, No capped sleeves on shirts)
  • Shorts to be tailored or of appropriate golf attire, socks with shorts to be predominantly white (ankle socks allowed).
  • No camouflage pattern of any description
  • Clean washed jeans with no rips are allowed.
  • Sandals and flip flops may be worn in the clubhouse with shorts or skirts (socks are not required to be worn).
  • Trainers may be worn in the Clubhouse. Crocs are not allowed.
  • No Golf Shoes in clubhouse
  • No hats to be worn in clubhouse.
  • Outdoor clothing, waterproofs or wind proofs must be hung in the cloakroom areas or left in the locker rooms.
  • If you smoke please use only the designated area between the clubhouse and locker rooms or the balcony outside the clubhouse.
  • Please dispose of smoking debris in the receptacles provided.

The General Committee of Neath Golf Club thank you for your assistance in maintaining these standards.