The Spirit of the game

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.



Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing.

Players should not play until the players in front are out of range. Players should always alert greenstaff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them. If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout a warning. The traditional word of warning in such situations is “fore”.


Consideration for other players

No Disturbance or Distraction

Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise.

Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players.

On the teeing ground, a player should not tee his ball until it is his turn to play.

Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.

On the Putting Green

On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or, when he is making a stroke, cast a shadow over his line of putt. Players should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out.


In stroke play, a player who is acting as a marker should, if necessary, on the way to the next tee, check the score with the player concerned and record it.


Pace of play

Play at Good Pace and Keep Up

Players should play at a good pace. The Committee may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow.

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.

Be Ready to Play

Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When playing on or near the putting green, they should leave their bags or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.

Lost Ball

If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, he should play a provisional ball. Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range.


Priority on the course

Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is determined by a group’s pace of play. Any group playing a whole round is entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round. The term “group” includes a single player.


Care of the course


Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.

Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks and Damage by Shoes

Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself). On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired.

Preventing Unnecessary Damage

Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason.

Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick. In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole.

The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole. Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.

Buggies & Trolleys: Please keep buggies and trolleys well away from areas of the course where the grass has been mown short- i.e. greens, aprons and tees.  This includes the areas between bunkers and greens.

Local notices regulating the movement of golf carts should be strictly observed


Conclusion, Penalties for Breach

If players follow the guidelines in this section, it will make the game more enjoyable for everyone. If a player consistently disregards these guidelines during a round or over a period of time to the detriment of others, it is recommended that the Committee considers taking appropriate disciplinary action against the offending player.

Such action may, for example, include prohibiting play for a limited time on the course or in a certain number of competitions. This is considered to be justifiable in terms of protecting the interests of the majority of golfers who wish to play in accordance with these guidelines. In the case of a serious breach of etiquette, the Committee may disqualify a player under Rule 33-7.


Members & Visitors Dress Code

At Southerndown Golf Club, we have a modern and relaxed approach to our Dress Code.

Members are asked to follow the dress code applied by Southerndown Golf Club and to advise their guests accordingly when they visit.

The club wishes to preserve a "smart but casual golf attire" approach based on clothing that is principally designed for golf. However, dress sense is a highly subjective topic, and so the club would appreciate your support in maintaining the following standards of dress:

Members & Visitors Dress CodeOn the Course:

  • Smart Casual Golf Attire applies
  • Athletic, Basketball, Football, numbered style shirts or tracksuits are not permitted.
  • Gentlemen's shirts should have collars & sleeves and must be tucked into trousers. The wearing of tapered collar style golf shirts is permitted.
  • Trousers should not be tucked into socks.
  • All Golfers must wear golf shoes when playing golf, using the practice and putting green. Non-golfers must wear appropriate robust and flat footwear.
  • Tailored golf shorts may be worn accompanied by sports socks which must be visible above the shoes. We regret that Cargo shorts or Trousers are not permitted.

In and around the Clubhouse

  • Shoes worn on the golf course are not permitted in the Lounge / Dining Room areas.
  • Smart casual clothing is permitted at any time; smart casual is defined as shoes, shirts with collars, tailored trousers / shorts and smart jeans (Subject to approval by either Director of Golf or Duty Manager).
  • Fashion and golf shirts must be tucked inside trousers.
  • Sports Trainers are not permitted in The Clubhouse or on the patio
  • We would kindly request that Caps or Hats are removed whilst in The Clubhouse.
  • (Non-playing children may be excluded from these rules at the departmental manager's discretion).


This dress code is the policy of the Executive Committee of Southerndown Golf Club. Its implementation is primarily the responsibility of the departmental managers and they have the authority to decide on whether a person’s attire is appropriate, in accordance with the rules laid out above. In most cases the individual would not be asked to leave, but advised that on their next visit they would be expected to adhere to the club dress code. It is expected that the code will be implemented with courtesy and common sense – especially with regard to guests and visitors. However, those who knowingly disregard the dress code may be asked by a member of staff to leave or to refrain from entering certain areas of the clubhouse.




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