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Courtesy on the Course

Consideration for other players
The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before his opponent or fellow competitor tees his ball.

No one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.

In the interest of all, players should play without delay.

No player shall play until the players in front are out of range.

Players searching for a ball should signal the players behind them to pass as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found they should not search for 5 minutes before doing so. They should not continue play until the players following them have passed out of range.

When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.

Priority on the Course

In the absence of special rules, two -all matches should have precedence over and be entitled to pass any three of four-ball match.

A single player has no standing and should give way to a match of any kind.

Any match playing a whole round is entitled to pass a match playing a shorter round.

If a match fails to keep its place on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, it should allow the match following to pass.

Care of the Course

Holes in Bunkers
Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by him.

Replace Divots, Repair Ball-Marks and Damage by Spikes
Through the green, a player should ensure that any turf cut or displaced by him and replaced at once and pressed down, and that any damage to the putting green made by a ball is carefully repaired. Damage to the putting green caused by golf shoe spikes should be repaired on completion of the hole.

Damage to Greens - Flagsticks
Players should ensure that, when putting down flagsticks, no damage is done to the putting green and neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to it, in handling the flagstick or in removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green. Players should not damage the putting green by leaning on their putters, particularly when removing the ball from the hole.

Golf Carts
Local notices and rules regulating the movements of golf carts should be strictly observed.

Damage Through Practice Swings
In taking practice swings, players should avoid causing damage to the course, particularly to the tees by removing divots.

Local Rules
As displayed on relevant notice boards on Club premises, or by clicking here.

Courtesy to the Captain
The Captain and his party shall be given precedence at the First tee by any other player.

1st Green
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