Golf Etiquette Policy






In past tournaments I have received a few complaints about poor golf etiquette during tournaments. The Board has discussed this situation and we are instituting a golf etiquette policy for everyone to follow during tournaments. I copied these paragraphs from The Rules of Golf. Section 1 – Etiquette…second paragraph and the last paragraph.


This is our new etiquette policy.

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.

The Board believes everyone is following the rules. Where we seem to fall down a bit is the “consideration for other players” part. Anyone demonstrating belligerent behavior, excessively loud cursing, throwing clubs or any other rude and offensive behavior will be in violation of our etiquette policy.


Copied from The Rules of Golf Section 1 about Etiquette the final paragraph.


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.

The Board has decided to take the following actions with anyone who violates the Golf Etiquette Policy.

  1. First offense – written warning
  2. Second offense – disqualification from tournament
  3. Third offense – prohibited from playing in the next two tournaments
  4. Fourth offense – Ouster from the club

We have the best-darned Men’s Club in the City and the best course to go with it. Let’s all enjoy our time together on the golf course and have a great summer!


John Crowley