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Golf Course Etiquette
To ensure your enjoyment of our course and your game, as well as that of other players, please adhere to the following course etiquette:
Prior to arriving at the club
- Check your handicap
- Ensure you have booked a tee time
- Check our dress regulations
- Allow enough travel time to make your tee time
- On arrival at Brookwater Golf & Country Club
- Please head to the Pro Shop, located via middle door at front of clubhouse
- Collect your score card from the pro shop
On the starting tee:
- Arrive 5 minutes prior to your tee time
- Ensure you have collected a sand bucket (if applicable)
- Make sure you have no more than 14 clubs in your bag
- Put an identification mark on your ball
- Exchange score cards with a fellow-competitor
During your round:
- Ensure you fill in any divots, repair pitch marks and rake any bunkers
- Be ready to play when it is your turn and keep up with the group in front.
- Be courteous to all players
- Mark your score card after each hole
After your round:
- Return your cart and any hired equipment to the pro shop
- Hand your score card to the proshop as soon as possible (ensuring it is signed and ated) there is a score for each hole and your handicap is recorded on the card
Most importantly enjoy your game!
Before playing a stroke or taking a practice swing, always ensure that no-one is in your line of play or near your swing path. Always err on the side of caution and ensure that the group in front of you is out of range of your very best shot.
If your ball is headed towards someone else shout "FORE", golf's universal warning, as loudly as possible.
When grounds staff are working ahead, wait until they acknowledge your intentions before hitting the ball towards them.
Have consideration for others.
Try not to move, talk or create any disturbance or noise while another person is about to play.
Ensure mobile phones or pagers are set to 'silent'.
Don't stand too close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play. Be careful not to stand on or damage other players' lines of putt and that your shadow does not distract others.
Remain near the putting green until all players in your group have holed out, unless your group is a long way behind the group in front.
In stroke play, confirm the score of the player for whom you are marking on the way to the next tee.
Pace of Play
A round at Brookwater averages four and a half hours.
To assist the pace of play we recommend:
Arriving at the starting tee five minutes prior to your tee time.
Walk quickly to the next tee and between shots.
All players are required to keep their round moving by being prepared to hit their shot when it is their turn
The player who has the honour usually plays first
In friendly play (as opposed to a tournament play) players hit as they are ready
Players must refrain from spending too much time looking for a lost ball particularly if there is a group behind ready to play. If players insist on taking the full five minutes allotted to look for lost balls, etiquette requires players to allow any group immediately behind to play through
Players must always keep pace with the group ahead
If a group has a clear hole in front of them and is consistently holding up players behind, they must call a faster group to play through and must also increase their own speed of play
When two players in a cart hit to opposite sides of a hole, they must drive to the first ball and drop that player with his club, then drive to the second ball. After both players hit, they must meet up further down the hole
When walking from the cart to the ball, take a number of clubs and sand bucket with you
Always leave the putting green as soon as your group has finished putting
Upon reaching the green, leave bags, pull buggies in proximity of the walk to the next tee and never in front of the green
Players are obliged to pick up immediately if they will not be able to score in Stableford and Par competitions
Scores should be recorded enroute to/at the next tee
Ensure all pitch marks have been repaired on greens
Ensure all divots are filled with sand
Players should enter and leave by the low parts of the bunkers
Players should carefully rake all marks made in a bunker and leave the rake in the centre, pointing to the line of play
Care of the Course
An important part of golf etiquette is the care of the golf course. A few moments of courtesy during a round will assist the golf club significantly and will ensure a more pleasant round for your fellow golfers.
Try to avoid hitting the turf or causing any other damage when taking practice swings and always be prepared to fix up a damaged area caused by another player. Ensure rubbish is placed in bins or put in your bag for disposal later.
Sand buckets are available at the starting tees. Please ensure you use the sand to fill your divot hole (and any others nearby). Use your foot or a club to level the sand to that a reasonably flat lie remains for the following groups.
If you have run out of sand, please replace the divot in its hole if it is intact or otherwise knock in the sides of the divot hole with a club so that a level lie is maintained.