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PREAMBLE

THERE ARE GUIDELINES ON THE MANNER IN WHICH THE GAME OF GOLF SHOULD BE PLAYED. IF THEY ARE FOLLOWED, ALL PLAYERS WILL GAIN MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT FROM THE GAME. THE OVERRIDING PRINCIPLE IS THAT CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE SHOWN TO OTHERS ON THE COURSE AT ALL TIMES.

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SUBSTANCE

  1. Dress Code :

    In keeping with the traditional standards of the game, players are expected to dress in tasteful and appropriate sports attire:

    Men: Shirts, T-shirts with collar and sleeves, slacks, golf shorts or walking shorts (length three inches or less above the knee).

    Women: Dresses, skirts (length five inches or less above the knee), slacks, golf shorts, medium length shorts and blouses.

    Shoes: Appropriate non-metal spike golf shoes, tennis shoes or sneakers. Other types of shoes and footwear are prohibited.

    Unacceptable: Tank tops, tee shirts, fishnet tops, cutoffs, jams, sweatpants, blue jeans, bathing suits, tennis / athletic shorts.

  2. The Sprit of the Game :

    Unlike many sports, 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.

  3. Safety :

    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 player/s in front are out of range. Players should always alert green staff 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 a situation is “fore”.

  4. Consideration for Other Players :

    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, when a player is about to play.
    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.

  5. Pace of Play :

    Players should play at a good pace. The Tournament Committee does establish pace of play guidelines from time to time 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.
    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 it 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.
    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 within five minutes. 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 is determined by the group’s pace of play. Any group playing a whole round is entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round.

  6. Care of the Course :

    Before leaving the bunkers, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and/or any nearby, made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunkers, the rake should be used for this purpose.
    Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball. On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired.
    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 the flagstick. 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.
    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.
    Local Rules regulating the movement of golf carts, if any, should be strictly observed.

  7. Role of Caddies :

    It is to be noted that caddies are ‘agents’ of the players. Ensuring compliance in following Etiquette and Rules on part of the caddies is the responsibility of the respective players.

POST-SCRIPT

IF A PLAYER CONSISTENTLY DISREGARDS THE ABOVE GUIDELINES DURING A ROUND OR OVER A PERIOD OF TIME TO THE DETRIMENT OF OTHERS, THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE / TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST THE OFFENDING PLAYER. SUCH ACTION MAY INCLUDE VIZ. PROHIBITING PLAY FOR A LIMITED TIME ON THE COURSE OR IN A CERTAIN NUMBER OF TOURNAMENTS. THIS IS JUSTIFIABLE IN TERMS OF PROTECTING THE INTEREST OF THE MAJORITY OF GOLFERS WHO DO PLAY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GUIDELINES. LET US MAKE IT ENJOYABLE FOR ALL CONCERNED BY PLAYING THE GAME NOT ONLY BY THE ‘RULES’ BUT ALSO BY THE ‘SPIRIT’ OF THE GAME.