Golf etiquette

Whether you are a beginner or an avid golf enthusiast, golf etiquette is an important part of your round of golf. The following list will help to guide you through the proper golf etiquette from the first tee-box to your final putt on the 18th hole.

On course etiquette (as quoted by the R&A)

Pace of play
Players should play at a good pace. It is a groups responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through. Irrespective of the number of players in that group.

Be ready to play
Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When playing on or near the putting green, they should leave their bags or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.

Lost ball
If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time he should play a provisional ball.
Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range.

Care of the course

Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.

Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks and Damage by Shoes
Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball. Try to get into the habit of repairing 3 pitch marks on every green. This will help to improve the quality of greens we play on.

Preventing Unnecessary Damage
Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason.

Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick. Specific areas between bunkers and greens should also be avoided where possible to avoid damage being caused, similarly paths should be used wherever possible to avoid worn patches.

In order to avoid damaging the hole, players should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole. The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole.
Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole.

Dress policy

Bradley Park Golf Club aims to operate a contemporary and forward-thinking dress policy, commensurate with a modern day golf club. It is in all our interests to maintain reasonable standards of casual but smart dress in keeping with golfing traditions. Golfers at Bradley Park Golf Club are therefore made aware that the following are required standards that should be adhered to both on the golf course and in the clubhouse.

When playing
Golfing attire is required for all players. Trainers, fancy beach shorts, football shirts, joggers and jeans are not acceptable on the course at any time. Golf shoes must be worn on the course but are not acceptable in the bar area of the clubhouse. The clubhouse has every facility required for changing into and from golfing apparel.

Club Presentations
Jacket & Tie must be worn by all gentleman prize winners at the club presentation evenings.