Here are a few simple rules to follow:-
Players must not behave in a manner which would cause an offence to others.
- Four players is the maximum allowed in one match.
- Players are not allowed to share a bag of clubs.
- Dogs are not allowed on the course or range.
- Wait until the players in front are out of range before hitting.
- Do not distract your partner by either talking, moving or standing too near when he plays.
- Play without delay; 12 practice swings before each shot and a five minute putting routine infuriates everyone.
- Five minutes is the maximum permitted time searching for a lost ball. Wave the match behind through if it is apparent that you cannot find your ball quickly.
- Shout ‘FORE’ if you miss-hit a shot and it looks like it might hit other players.
- Golf balls and clubs can cause some dreadful injuries, make sure when you practice swing that you do not endanger one of your partners or caddies and spectators.
- Do not shout, swear, throw your clubs, bag, trolley or partner if the shot you hit is not absolute perfection. Golf is meant to be a relaxing sport, at times it can be infuriating, but that is what makes it good. Just think how boring it would be if every shot went ‘straight down the middle’ and every putt was holed – nobody would wish to play.
- Please enjoy your golf; many great friendships have been formed on the golf course, always remember that you are part of a great tradition going back nearly 600 years. Keep up that sportsmanship and goodwill.