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The rules of golf etiquette are what they are for several very important reasons: Many of them relate to the safety of golfers, many relate to pace of play (which helps keep the game enjoyable), and other rules of golf etiquette relate to maintaining the quality of the golf ourse. In other words, golf etiquette is an essential part of the game. And it's something that newcomers to the game often learn as they go - on the course, when playing with more experienced golfers.

If you are new to the game, or just need to brush up on your golf etiquette, here are some basic rules of the road that will help keep the game enjoyable for you and those around you.

Keep It Safety

  • Do not swing your club until you know that others in your group are at a safe distance. Likewise, keep your distance when others are swinging Be aware to steer clear of trouble.
  • When practicing your swing, never swing in the direction of another player. There may be pebbles or twigs or other matter in the grass that could fly up and injure a playing partner.
  • Do not hit the ball until you are certain that the group ahead of you is out of range.
  • If your ball appears headed toward another player or another group, give them a warning by yelling out, "Fore!"
  • Observe the safety suggestions posted in golf carts and drive carefully. Golf etiquette requires keeping your cart off the grass as much as possible.
  • Never throw clubs in anger. In addition to being rude and childish, it could also be dangerous.

Maintain A Good Pace

  • Keep the round moving by being prepared to hit your shot when it is your turn. You probably don't like waiting on other groups - don't make other groups wait on you.
  • The player who is away hits first in a group. However, in friendly matches (as opposed to tournament play), this rule can be ignored in favor of "ready play" - players hit as they are ready. All players should agree to "ready play" before it is put into effect.
  • Do not spend too much time looking for a lost ball, particularly if there is a group behind you ready to play. If you insist on taking the full five minutes alloted to look for lost balls, golf etiquette says wave up the group behind to allow them to play through.
  • Always try to keep pace with the group ahead of you. If space opens in front of you, allow a faster group to play through.
  • When two players in a cart hit to opposite sides of a hole, drive to first ball and drop off that player with his club, then drive to the second ball. After both players hit, meet up farther down the hole.
  • When walking from your cart to your ball, take a couple clubs with you. Taking only one club, then having to return to the cart to retrieve a different club, is a huge time-waster.
  • Always leave the putting green as soon as your group has finished putting.

Be Kind to the Course

  • Observe cart rules. Some courses will post "cart path only" signs; Do as you are told.
  • Keep carts away from greens and hazards.
  • Repair all divots.
  • Repair all ball marks on the green.
  • Always rake sand traps after hitting to erase your footprints and damage to the area where your ball was.
  • Never take a divot on a practice swing.

And A Few More Golf Etiquette Hints

  • Quiet, please! Never talk during another player's swing.
  • Do not yell out following a shot. Even if boisterous behavior doesn't bother your playing partners, there are other people on the course who may be within earshot.
  • Be aware of your shadow on the putting green. Don't stand in a place that causes your shadow to be cast across another player or that player's putting line.
  • Never walk through a playing partner's putting line. Your footprints might alter the path of a partner's putt. Step over the putting line, or walk around (behind) the partner's ball.

Local Rules

Local Rules

A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies:

  • Beyond the boundaries of the course (Hole 6,7,8,9 and 10) as defined by white lines and / or stakes. Or
  • Beyond the boundaries of the course (Hole 6 and 14) as defined by the nearest inside points of the fence posts

Integral Parts of the Course
All fences, bridges and lemon grass are integral parts of the course.

Immovable Obstruction (Rules 24-2 applies)
All irrigation equipment, fixed sprinkler heads, water hazards stakes, artificially surfaced cart paths, buggy pegs, drainage sumps (including in bunkers), course signage, ball washers and bins are immovable obstructions.

Ground Under Repair
Any area marked with white lines will define Ground Under Repair. Relief must taken in accordance with Rule 25-1b.

Protection of young trees
If any staked tree interferes with a player’s stance or intended area of swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with Rule 24-2b.

Waste Area
The right hand side of hole 9 is to treated as a “Waste Area”. Golfers are allowed to ground their clubs in the sand, even take divots on practice swings without penalty.

Golfers may remove loose impediments such as twigs, leaves or stones. Note: Desert plants in the “Waste Area” shall be played as the ball lies.

A ball lying in the desert area can be deemed unplayable. Relief taken under rule: 28 Unplayable lie.

Drop Zones
If a ball is in, or lost in, the lateral water hazards in front of the 4th green, behind the 8th green or in front of 13th fairway, the player may;

  • Take relief in accordance with Rule 26 or
  • Drop a ball, under the penalty of one stroke, in the drop zone provided (even though the drop zone may be nearer the hole than where the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard).

General Rules

  • Buggies must be kept on path at all times unless otherwise directed.
  • Please rake bunkers, repair ball mark on greens and replace divots.
  • Distance are measured in meters to the center of the green.


  • Temporary stop play - 1 long blast.
  • Resume play - 2 long blast
  • Abandon play - 3 long blast consecutively

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