The USGA Rules of Etiquette as stated in the first section of the USGA Rule Book are endorsed by the Club and are expected to be adhered to by all golfers.
Each person using the golf course should do their part to make a round of golf at the Club a pleasant experience for their fellow golfers. Here are some guidelines:
Pace of Play
It is the goal of all players to complete their 18-hole round of golf in four hours or less with a #1 tee or shotgun start, or four hours and sixteen minutes with a #1 & #10 start. This amount of time is more than adequate, provided all players remain aware of the rights of others to play without delay. It is the responsibility of each player in a group to keep pace with the group ahead. If a group falls one complete hole behind the group ahead, the lagging group is required to allow the group following to play through. If 9 the group continues to lag one complete hole behind, that group will be required to skip a hole to keep pace with the group ahead. It is each group’s responsibility to be observant of its position on the course and keep its pace. It is also the responsibility of all players (groups) to politely advise less observant players (groups) that their slow pace is adversely affecting an enjoyable pace of play. The course Ranger has the authority to keep play moving at an acceptable pace and enforce all rules for the enjoyment of all players. Repeated violations of slow play guidelines will result in a written notification of restrictive playing privileges.
A brief stop at our Clubhouse for a cold drink or a washroom break is part of normal playing routine. Stopping for lunch or for a time period longer than five (5) minutes will cause players to lose their turns on the 10th tee. When this occurs, play may not be resumed from the 10th tee until approval has been received from the Golf Shop or Caddie Master/Starter. Generally this approval will not be given unless the entire ninth hole is open, so that groups reentering the stream of play may be integrated without interfering with the play of those behind them. Matches stopping at the Clubhouse when making the turn are asked to be on the tenth tee before the following group has left the ninth green. If this does not happen, you may lose your position on the course.
When approaching a green, return to the golf cart path and drive the golf cart around to the rear or side of the green. Park the golf cart on the most direct path to the next tee. Never leave the golf cart in front of the green where you will go back to retrieve the golf cart, and the following players will be forced to wait for you to clear the green area.
When a hole is completed, leave the green promptly and proceed to the next tee without delay. Record your scores for the previous hole while the other players in your group are playing from the next tee.
Repair ball marks on greens.
Fill in all divots with the sand contained in buckets on golf carts.
Carefully rake sand bunkers after use. Enter and leave bunkers at their lowest elevation.