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Etiquette and Slow Play...a wee reminder

Some members have expressed frustration about slow play on the course.

We think therefore that it is appropriate at the beginning of a new season briefly to remind everyone about course etiquette as expressed in the rules of golf.  For the full set of Rules applying to Etiquette see R&A Rules of Golf 2012-2015 pages 18 to 21.

Not everyone will be aware that the Rules of Golf provide a penalty for breach of the rule relating to etiquette.

Our purpose in reminding everyone is to try to ensure that players of all standards can enjoy each round free of frustration due to slow play.  Also that the course, in particular fairways, greens and bunkers are maintained to a high standard for benefit of members.

If necessary, therefore, in order to ensure that the few do not spoil enjoyment for the many we are prepared to apply the disqualification and/or prohibition of play rules to persistent offenders.




Behaviour on the Course

Enjoy the game

Show consideration for others at all times

Abide by the rules


Pace of play 

play at a good speed and keep up with the group in front

keep to the course guidelines for time as far as possible

lose a clear hole and delaying the group behind - invite them to play through regardless of the number of players in the group

even if you have not lost a clear hole allow a group through that is obviously faster moving 


Care of the Course

Bunkers: smooth holes and footprints you find or make using a rake 

Carefully repair divots anywhere and pitch marks on the greens (whether you made them or not)



(See page 27) for consistent disregard of Rules of Golf on Etiquette – during a round or over a period of time – disqualification (Rule 33-7) or disciplinary action such as prohibited from play for a period.