Etiquette

To enjoy the great game of golf at Green Acres Golf Club, all players need to be aware of these important aspects: 

Etiquette

The lowest handicaped player in a group is responsible for ensuring that all players observe the etiquette of golf which implies thoughtfulness for others.

Players are reminded of their responsibility to others on the course and that a two stroke penalty or disqualification can be applied in competitions for slow play. In the interests of all players you are invited to watch the video below which features golfing champion Padraig Harrington giving an overview on the etiquette of golf:



Abiding by the following useful tips will make your round all the more enjoyable for both yourself and your playing partners:

Before you tee off

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in
  • Check the Local Rules and any Temporary Local Rules before you hit off
  • Players engaged in social rounds are requested to allow others to join their group to make up formations of four
  • Do not commence rounds from tees other that the 1st or 10th without prior approval

On the tee

  • Consider pulling the bag of the last player on the tee forward immediately after they have played their shot
  • Watch other players shots - this may assist when trying to find a lost ball
  • If your ball is heading towards another golfer shout the traditional warning "FORE"
  • Stand still and watch other golfers shots while they are teeing off

On the fairway

  • Keep pace with the group in front. Ready golf to be adopted if your group falls behind
  • If you fall one hole behind, you must call through the following group
  • Players who call through another group should if convenient, play their next shot and walk forward with the group called through. They should not resume play until the players called through are out of range
  • Move briskly between shots
  • Do not walk ahead but be ready to play when it's your turn
  • Play a provisional ball if you believe your ball may not be able to be found
  • Avoid causing damage with practice swings.  One practice swing should suffice

On the green

  • Golf buggies to remain outside the blue line at the fronts of the greens
  • Place your bag or buggy to the rear or side of the green nearest the next tee
  • Help the members of your group by pulling their buggy through to the exit of the green when they are playing
  • Take all the clubs you may need
  • Avoid stepping on the line of another player's putt
  • Repair any pitchmarks on the green even if you didn't cause them
  • Commence putting when all balls are on the green
  • It is not always necessary to hole out when your score doesn't count
  • Mark your ball if it is in the path of another player's ball
  • Record all scores at the next tee

Competitions

  • Players engaged in official Club competitions shall have precedence
  • Formations of four shall have precedence over other formations unless conditions state otherwise
  • Groups commencing on the 1st and 10th tee have precedence in competition rounds
  • At all other times, groups proceeding from the 9th or 18th greens must alternate with groups waiting to commence their rounds on the 10th and 1st tees as the case may be.
  • Single player or formations of more than four have no rights and must give way to other formations

Dress Code

 Green Acres Dress Code has been designed to reflect the standard of the Club yet be practical for all Club members.

The Club's Management, Director of Golf and Golf Staff are authorised by the Board to ensure that members, visitors and spectators comply with the dress code. The judgement of the staff as to the suitability of attire shall be considered final. Persons not complying with the dress code may be required to leave the Clubhouse or the course.

Golfing attire both on the course and in the Clubhouse is to be clean, tidy and appropriate to the game. In order to assist members and visitors to interpret this expectation, the following standards will be applied when considering the suitability of dress. Unless otherwise stated these guidelines apply to both men and women.

Course and Practice Facilities

  • Tailored trousers, shorts or skirts must be worn.
  • Trousers, shorts or skirts designed to be supported by a belt must be worn with a belt.
  • Men's shirts must have a collar and be tucked in to trousers/shorts.
  • Socks of any length may be worn with shorts.
  • Men's short socks must be predominantly white in colour and may feature a small logo.
  • Socks must be worn with footwear.
  • Only golf shoes (soft spike or spikeless) are permitted (with the exception of caddies who may also wear flat sole shoes).
Unacceptable items of dress on the course and practice facilities include:
  • Denim apparel or headwear of any description.
  • Gym and sporting type shorts.
  • Gym or running shoes, thongs, sandals or bare feet.
  • Abbreviated shorts or shorts or long pants with an elasticised waist, shorts supported by a drawstring and shorts or three quarter length pants with large "cargo" style pockets.
  • Trousers must not be tucked into socks (unless plus 2's or plus 4's).
  • Track suit pants/tops or any type of gym attire.
  • T-shirts.
  • Shirts without collars (an exception applies to women?s attire and shirts that are specifically designed for golf).
  • Apparel and headwear displaying large non golf related motifs, logos or advertising.
  • Caps and visors worn backwards.
  • Metal spikes.


In the Clubhouse and Surrounds

Neat casual dress is the minimum standard acceptable within the confines of the Clubhouse.

In general terms, golf attire which is acceptable on the course will be acceptable in the Clubhouse.

  • Denim jeans may be worn in the Clubhouse but they must be clean, tidy and not be of the frayed or torn variety.
  • Men may only wear sandals with a back strap.
  • Golf shoes with soft spikes may be worn in the Clubhouse.
  • Caps, visors, or hats shall be removed inside the Clubhouse (the breezeway, Golf Shop and locker rooms excepted).

The dress code applies to members, member?s guests, caddies, spectators, and "Corporate Day" players.

It does not apply to children 12 years or under.

 Click here to view the Club's dress code brochure

PLEASE NOTE: Members are at all times responsible for the attire of their guests and should inform them in advance of visiting the Club our dress requirements to avoid any embarrassment.

Keeping Pace

Keeping pace is a Green Acres Golf Club requirement to ensure both competition and social rounds are played in an appropriate length of time to make golf more enjoyable for everyone, by:

  • Ensuring players keep pace with the group ahead
  • Establishing 4 hours 10 minutes or 13 minutes per hole as the acceptable time, including a small break at the Clubhouse, to complete an 18 hole Stableford / Par competition round in a four player group
  • Establishing 4 hours 20 minutes or 14 minutes per hole as the acceptable time, including a small break at the clubhouse, to complete an 18 hole Stroke / Matchplay competition round in a 4 player group
  • Introducing, educating and enforcing Ready Golf standards
  • Highlighting timesaver Hints
  • Monitoring pace of play and enforcing Rule 6-7
  • For the program to succeed each playing group must ensure they are keeping pace with the group ahead. It is common for a playing group to focus on the group immediately behind as opposed to the group ahead.
  • The lowest marker in the group is responsible for the group's pace of play.
  • The objective is very clear... ensure your group is keeping pace with the group ahead.

1. Your Target Times

During a Stableford / Par competition it is expected all competition rounds should be completed in 4 hours 10 minutes which allows for short break at the clubhouse.

During a Stroke / Matchplay competition it is expected all competition rounds should be completed in 4 hours 20 minutes which includes a short break at the clubhouse.

The responsibility will lie with the first groups teeing off to ensure they 'lead' the field at a suitable pace to achieve the target times.

From time to time circumstances may negatively influence the actual time taken yet all efforts must be made to meet the target times.

2. Ready Golf

If your foursome is not keeping pace with the group ahead, it is expected your group will adopt Ready Golf until your group has 'caught up' with the group ahead.

Quite simply, Ready Golf is a common sense approach to play the ball when ready:

  • Dismiss all honours (unless playing matchplay)
  • Don't wait for others before approaching the tee and hitting
  • Proceed to your ball as quickly as possible ensuring it is safe to do so
  • On every shot, whenever it's safe to hit, the first person in your group to address their ball should hit

Parts of golf etiquette deal with the order of play. Under the Rules of Golf, the order of play is determined by lot on the first tee and, by score of the previous hole on every tee thereafter. During a hole, the player farthest from the flag has the 'honour' of playing next.

Observance of the honour came about as a show of politeness to ones playing partners, but the slow play problem requires that honours be abandoned if your group does not keep pace with the group ahead... out of politeness to the other golfers on the course.

Each player should play when ready, as long as doing so will not interfere with others, especially on the tee. Shorter hitters can often hit first, especially on the tee.

3. Timesaver Hints

(a) Always be ready to play your shot

  • Be on the starting tee at least ten minutes prior to you tee time
  • Proceed to your ball as soon as possible
  • Plan your shot and select your club when approaching your ball
  • Only take one practice swing, and get set while others are hitting
  • Know the Rules of Golf, especially those pertaining to out of bounds, water hazards, and lost balls
  • Play a Provisional Ball if required (refer Rule 27-2)
  • If possible play your shot before searching for a lost ball by one of your group

(b) Don't waste time

  • Do not record your scores on or near the green. Count strokes and write down your score after you get to the next tee whilst others in your group are hitting off
  • Do not leave your golf bag at the front of the green. Leave it off to the side towards the next tee
  • Carry an extra ball, extra tees and ball markers in your pocket
  • If safe to do so encourage players on incorrect fairways to play through

(c) On the tee

  • The first player ready to tee off should do so
  • Other players in your group should wait next to the tee markers ready to play
  • All players should watch others shots to help pinpoint the position of their ball

(d) On the green

  • Park your clubs beside the green in line with the next tee
  • Line up your putt before it is your turn
  • Follow continuous putting rules until holed out, unless restricted by another player's line
  • The first person who putts out should tend the flagstick for other players

4. Monitor and Enforce

On regular occasions the Director of Golf or his staff will monitor and enforce the pace of play to:

  • Ensure the first groups 'lead' the field at a suitable pace to achieve the target times
  • Ensure all groups are keeping pace with the group ahead.
  • Enforce Rule 6-7. Undue Delay; Slow Play

Rule 6-7. Undue Delay; Slow Play

The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Golf Operations Committee. Between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the player shall not unduly delay play.

The Penalty for all members of the playing group for a breach of Rule 6-7 is as follows:

First Offence:

Warning - three holes to catch up with the group in front.

Second Offence:

Stroke Competition - addition of two strokes
Par Competition - deduction of one hole (See Note 2 to Rule 32-1a)
Stableford Competition - deduction of two points (See Note 2 to Rule 32-1b)
Match Play - loss of hole

Third Offence:

Disqualification
The decision of the Golf Operations Committee or its authorised representative is final.
Keeping pace ensure golf is more enjoyable for everyone.