The Rules of Golf provides guidance on the manner in which the game of golf should be played. Golf is played, for the most part, without 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.
1 Safety Players should 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.
Players should not play until the players in front are out of range, especially care taken when driving from the 10th tee or anywhere else where a clear view of the course maybe obscured.
Players should always alert green staff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them.
If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, they should immediately shout a warning. The traditional word of warning in such situations is “fore”.
2 Pace of Play Play should be at a good pace, and it is the group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If you lose a clear hole and you are delaying the group behind, or if there is no group in front of you and you are delaying the group behind, invite the group behind through.
3 Be Ready to Play Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When playing on or near to the putting green, they should leave their bags or trolleys in such a position as will enable a quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the green.
No one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.
4 Lost Ball If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard, or is out of bounds, to save time, a provisional ball should be played.
Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind to play through as soon as it becomes apparent the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range.
5 Priority on the Course 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.
Care of the Course
6 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 – preferably by using a rake on the course.
7 Through the Green Through the green a player should ensure that all divots are replaced at once and pressed down.
8 Preventing Unnecessary Damage When on a teeing area or fairway, a player should avoid damaging the course by hitting the head of the club into the ground, whether in taking a practice swing, in anger or for any other reason.
9 Local ‘Rules’ including notices regulating the movement of golf buggies/carts should be strictly observed.
10 Greens All pitch marks on putting greens must be repaired immediately and damage caused by golf shoe spikes repaired on completion of the hole by all players. In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of the ball from the hole. The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole.
11 Penalties for Breach If a player consistently disregards these guidelines during a round or over a period of time to the detriment of others, the Committee may take appropriate disciplinary action against the offending player.
In the case of a serious breach of etiquette, the Committee may disqualify a player under Rule 33-7
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