Posted on January 23, 2013

 

GOLF COURSE ETIQUETTE REFRESHMENT

 

The Board of the Curacao Golf & Squash Club would like to refresh some of our local rules and some worldwide recognized golf and etiquette rules.

 

COURSE MAINTENANCE

When our green keepers are working on a green they take out the flagpole. This means that the green is closed for play and no approach may be made for safety of, and courtesy to the green keepers. Players should pick-up their ball and continue their round on the next T-Box.

 

When the green keepers are mowing the fairways or are otherwise busy on the course, they try to observe the players on the course and when players are approaching they interrupt their work or move aside their equipment and invite players to continue their round by waiving them through. Players must wait for that signal and are not allowed to hit balls when green keepers are in reach of a shot.

 

PACE OF PLAY AND PRIORITY ON THE COURSE

Our course is a nine-hole course and we do not require our players to arrange T-Times to start on hole 1. This brings some local etiquette rules into play making it possible for flights already underway to continue their rounds uninterrupted and for flights starting later, flights playing a 10-holes round or playing a shorter round to mix with flights already on the course.

 

Players starting later are on our course allowed to start on other holes than hole 1, for instance on hole 3, 5 and 7 provided there is room to do so. This is never the case when a group of players already on the course has approached the green of the previous hole. Such a flight has right of way and a starting flight must wait until the previous flight has teed off and is out of reach. This may mean that on busy afternoons it may be difficult for late starters to mix in.

 

Pace of play on our course

The current Etiquette guidelines as suggested by the U.S.G.A. and R&A describe in the "Pace of Play" section: "It is a group's responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play through.”

Priority on the course

"Priority on the Course" is determined by a group's pace of play regardless of the number of holes the group is playing. The term 'group' includes a single player.

The Board adopts these suggestions with the following exceptions:

  1. a player playing more than 1 ball and two players playing from one set of clubs do not constitute a group as outlined above; such players have no “standing” and must give right of way at all times.
  2. a group consisting of more than 4 players does not constitute a group as outlined above, has no “standing” and has to give right of way at all times.
  3. a group that extends the number of players during the round looses its group status and thus their “standing” and has to give right of way at all times.

 

Note that the Board does not encourage these exceptions in any way but they are tolerated provided other groups are not obstructed in their play.

 

The Committee of the CG&SC has determined many years ago that Monday afternoon is reserved for Youth, Tuesday afternoon for Ladies and Wednesday afternoon for Men’s golf. This means that these afternoons Youth, Ladies and Men respectively have priority on the course. Provided there is sufficient room others are allowed to play bearing in mind above course etiquette rules.

 

When the Committee has organized a match the course is closed for all other players. This is in any case relevant on afternoons from 4 PM when Company Member Competition matches are played and on Saturday afternoon from 1 PM.

 

In general, “the Spirit of the Game” section describes that:” Golf is played for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf.”  If we keep this in mind we can all enjoy our beautiful course.