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Etiquette & Dress Code

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Dress Code

Collared/sleeved shirts/tops and purpose made studded golf shoes must be worn at all times on the 18 Hole Course (no trainers). Shorts are acceptable provided they are tailored and worn with sport socks. Golf shoes can be purchased or hired from the Pro Shop – call for guidance 01732 364039.

For your guidance, sleeveless shirts/tops, casual beachwear (eg Bermuda shorts), tracksuits and jeans are not considered suitable wear on the 18 Hole Course.

The 9 Hole Course allows more casual dress, but golfers are advised to wear collared/sleeved shirts, tailored shorts with sport socks. Ordinary trainers are permissible, but studded golf shoes are recommended, especially in wet or frosty conditions.


Consideration of Others

  • The player who has the “honour” should be allowed to tee-off first and should do so without delay.
  • You should not talk, stand close or otherwise distract fellow players while they are taking a shot.
  • Don’t play until the group in front of you is out of range.
  • If you lose a ball and it is obvious that it will not be found easily, signal the group behind to play through. Do not wait the three minutes allowed under the “Rules of Golf” for ball searching, before doing so. (If you believe a ball may be lost immediately after you have hit it, play a provisional ball.)
  • When completing a hole, move off the green immediately. Leave the marking of scorecards, etc. until you are clear.
  • Please avoid the use of mobile telephones on the course, consider others and switch ring tones off.
  • Keep moving as quickly as you are able whilst walking between shots.
  • No sharing of clubs, bags or trolleys because this slows play.

Priority on the Course

  • Keep pace with the group in front of you at all times. If you should fall behind by more than one clear hole, you must signal the group directly behind you to play through.
  • 9 Hole Course second rounds (when paid for) must be started from the first tee, queuing alternately with players waiting to tee off.


  • Shout “Fore” if your golf ball is in danger of hitting someone.
  • Make sure that no one is in a position to be struck by your club, ball or any other object like stones or twigs when making a stroke.
  • Don’t stand in front or to the side of anyone taking a tee shot or stroke. Stay well behind.

Care of the Course

  • Before leaving a bunker, make sure you smooth over all holes and footprints with the rake. See video below
  • Always replace divots on the fairways and repair pitch marks on putting surfaces. Repaired immediately it only takes 24 hours to recover, leave it and it can take up to 15 days. See video below
  • Don’t take your bag or trolley near the putting greens or between green and bunker and take care not to damage the hole when removing the flagstick.
  • Don’t damage the teeing areas by taking practice swings on them.
  • Observe all notices regarding “Ground Under Repair” and keep to the designated paths, especially when pulling a trolley.
  • Avoid walking on worn areas even if this adds a few yards to your direct route.

Raking the Bunkers

Pitch Mark Repair

If you have any questions regarding any of these points, please contact the Pro Shop

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