Course Opening Times
1. On competition days where there is a starting sheet and the start times are from early morning, the course will remain closed to everyone prior to the first competitors’ tee time, as posted on the starting sheets.
2. Where competitions start during the course of the day, the Manager and/or Golf Committee Chairman will determine whether the course shall be open prior to the first published start time for the competition. Under no circumstances are competitors allowed to play the course earlier in the day of a stroke play competition in which they are competing.
3. On non-competition days members may play as early in the morning as they wish but must give way to Green staff at all times before 8:30am.
The rules governing play on the course are the Rules of Golf as adopted and published by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, with decisions thereon by the Rules of Golf Committee. Local Rules are framed and published by the Club Committee to take account of local conditions affecting play.
Priority on the Course
It is a group's 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.
Any match playing a whole round is entitled to pass a match playing a shorter round.
The President, Captain and Professional have priority at all times.
Players taking part in a Club knockout competition final have priority except over players in pre booked times, Club matches, competitions, societies and the President, Captain and Professional.
1. No one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.
2. The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before his opponent or fellow competitor tees his ball.
3. No player should play until the players in front are out of range.
4. In the interest of all, playing in a group of five players or more is prohibited.
5. Players searching for a ball should allow players coming up to pass them; they should signal to the players following them to pass and should not continue their play until those players have passed and are out of range.
6. Before leaving a bunker, a player should rake carefully, filling up all holes and footprints.
7. Through the green, a player should ensure that any turf cut or displaced is replaced at once and pressed down and that after the players have holed out any damage to the putting green by the ball or player is carefully repaired.
8. Players should ensure that, when putting down bags or the flagstick, no damage is done to the putting green and that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to it in handling the flagstick or removing the ball from the hole. Players should not damage the putting green by leaning on their putters, particularly when removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.
9. When the play of a hole has been completed players should immediately leave the putting green.