Course Care & Etiquette

All members can assist each other to ensure our course is maintained in top condition for all players

PRIOR TO PLAY

Arrive at least fifteen minutes early to check-in. Have no more than four in a group unless previously discussed and approved. Be prepared to have others join you if have less than 4 in your group. Be ready to play when it is your time to tee off. Use course scorecard for reference on yardage, hole layout and local rules.

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ON THE TEE

Honour system vs. Ready Golf Mark your ball so that you can identify it. Hit ONLY when golfers ahead of you are out of range. Stand still and facing other golfers while they are hitting. Watch where all balls go to avoid time spent looking for lost balls. Yell the warning “FORE!” if your ball is heading toward another golfer.

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THE FAIRWAY

Walk forward to your ball if safe to do so. Place your bag, buggy or cart to the right of your ball when hitting. Take no more than one practice swing. Player furthest from the hole usually plays first but golfers out of range of the group in front can play first, if ready. Walk briskly between shots and be ready to play when it is your turn. Keep pace with the group in front of you at all times. Assist playing partners when needed by bringing clubs, finding lost balls, etc. Follow posted riding cart rules

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ON THE GREEN

You may pull your buggyacross the green in dry weather only. Place your bag or cart between the green and the next tee. Take all clubs that you may need. Repair your own ball marks and one other. Avoid stepping on another player’s putting line. Players begin putting when all balls are on the green. The person furthest away from the hole putts first. On long putts, have another player attend the flagstick. Mark your ball if it is in the path of another player’s ball. Record all scores on the next tee.

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CARTS

CART USE ON THE NEDLANDS GOLF COURSE
In order to ensure that the course is kept in the best condition, please note:
– Golf carts are not to be taken on to tees.
– Golf carts are to be kept 5 metres away from greens.
Your assistance in maintaining the course is appreciated.
Thank you.

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TIPS TO AVOID SLOW PLAY

The number one problem in golf today, as evidenced by the overwhelming golfer complaint, is SLOW PLAY!

The following tips can help you keep pace with the group in front of you at all times:

Be ready to hit when it is your turn. Limit practice swings to one or none. Take plenty of clubs with you to your ball when leaving your bag or riding cart. Consider all options as you approach your ball to make decisions quickly. Watch all balls until they stop rolling to avoid lengthy searches. Use a fixed object as a reference point. All players should go directly to their own ball and play when ready. If you do fall behind, let faster groups play through. Continue putting until holed out unless you would be standing on someone’s putting line. Remember; by keeping pace you make the game more enjoyable for everyone!!

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SMOKING

Smoking is not permitted in the Clubhouse.

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MOBILE TELEPHONES

The use of mobile phones is only permitted outside the Clubhouse on the balcony, or in the car park and locker rooms. Mobile phones may be carried (but should be switched off) on the course for use in medical emergencies ONLY.

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BUNKERS

Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by him, and then leave the rake with the handle pointing toward the tee of the hole being played. If you find unraked or badly raked areas in the bunker from earlier players, these should also be cleaned up if it does not hold up play, as a courtesy to following players. Your aim should be to leave the bunker in better condition than when you went into it.

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Repairing Ball-Marks

1. Always start at the back of the mark and push forward with the repairer.

2. Use repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the mark. Do not lift the soil upwards.

3. Lightly tap down with putter.

4. Your completed repair should look like this.

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REPAIRING DIVOTS

1. Remove any loose turf from the affected area.

2-3. Knock in all sides of the edge of the divot with your club or your shoe.

4. Correctly mended divot.

 

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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 close to it in handling the flagstick or in removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.

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HANDLING THE FLAG

1. Don’t drop the flagstick on the putting surface as it will cause damage.

2. Always lower the flagstick by club

3. …or by hand.

4. Avoid damage to surrounds by placing the stick in the centre of the cup.

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REMOVING BALL

Players are requested to NOT to use their putter to remove their golf ball from the hole.

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GOLF BY LAWS

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