To quote the Rules of Golf on the matter of the Spirit of the Game:
“Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies upon the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and 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.”
The game of golf is fairly unique in that the players of the game are the custodians of the game’s spirit and keepers of the course they play on. All players should follow the rules of the game and the etiquette as well to increase the enjoyment of all. For your advice, the following ideas are presented to help you understand your responsibilities while on the course:
All players should take the time before teeing off to acquaint themselves with any local rules posted on the notice boards.
No one should move, talk or stand close or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.
The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before his opponent or fellow competitor tees the ball, but never to the extent where play is unduly delayed.
In the interest of all, players should play without delay. If the player with the honour is unable for whatever reason to play before the others in their group then one of the other players should endeavour to play first to keep the game moving.
No player shall play until players in front are out of range.
Where it is evident that finding a lost ball may take some time, players searching for the ball should allow other players coming up to pass them: they should signal to the players following them to pass and should not continue their play until the players in front are out of range.
All players should carry a sand bucket and repair divots through the green.
Before leaving a bunker a player must carefully fill up all holes and footmarks made by him and replace the rake into the lowest part of the bunker. If others before you have not followed this rule, it is suggested that you take the time, without unduly delaying play, to repair the damage done by others.
Players should repair plug marks on greens, whether their own or those left by others.
Players who carry mobile phones should have them turned off during the round and only ever use them during the round in an emergency.
All children on the Club’s property must be under strict parental control and are not allowed into the Bar area unless accompanies by an adult.