General Rules

The first and tenth holes are the only recognised ‘starting holes’ on the course. It is not permissible therefore to start at any other hole on the course. Bag sharing is not allowed under any circumstances.

“STARTING TIME” system is in operation.

In the absence of special rules, two balls playing competitive match play have precedence over and are entitled to pass any three or four ball.

A single player has no standing and should give way at all times.

Any match playing a whole round is entitled to pass a match playing a shorter round. If a match fails to keep its place on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, it must allow the match following to pass.

Club Knockout Matches have priority on the 1st tee and on the course over all friendly matches.

Collars and ties are requested to be worn at all major presentation evenings e.g. following Captain’s Day, etc.

On the course – respectable attire such as that available in the professionals shop. No denim, no trainers, no football shirts.

The committee may penalise any Competitor for slow play. See under Etiquette. In order to reduce the incidents of slow play the undernoted recommendations must be adhered to:

  • The player with the honour should be ready to play without delay.
  • If a ball is possibly in trouble, play a provisional ball.
  • If your ball is in trouble, walk directly to your ball before assisting others.
  • If, during the search, the match behind is seen to be waiting, then invite them through. Do not wait five minutes before you do this.
  • The time allowed to search for a lost ball is five minutes, after which it must be declared ‘lost’.
  • Try to keep practice swings to a minimum and do not damage the tees or fairways when practice swinging.
  • Try and place your bag or trolley on your exit side of he green so that you can leave promptly.
  • Do not delay teeing off whilst you mark your card.

Member and visitors must at all times repair their pitch marks on the greens, replace their divots and smooth bunkers. Trollies and buggies must be kept off teeing grounds at all times. Players MUST NOT dispose of litter on the course other than in bins provided for that purpose.


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.

The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before his opponent or fellow competitor tees his ball.

No player should play until the players in front are out of range.

In the interest of all, players should play without delay.

Players searching for a ball must allow other players coming up to pass them, they should signal to the players following them to pass and should not continue to play until those players have passed and are out of range.

Before leaving a bunker a player must carefully rake all holes made by him therein.

Players must replace their divots and repair pitch marks on the greens, and must not dispose of litter on the course.

Players must ensure that no damage is done to putting surfaces by placing trollies or carry bags thereon or by careless dropping of flagsticks and that neither they nor their caddies cause damage by standing too close to the holes, particularly when attending a flagstick. A flagstick must be carefully replaced in the hole upon leaving a putting green, golf trollies and buggies must be kept off the teeing areas.

When the play of a hole has been completed players should immediately leave the putting green.

It is a good practice for a player to be on the 1st tee five minutes before his starting time.