Club Rules



1. All members of the Club in any category shall carry their official Club membership identification when playing on the Course.

2. All members and visitors must observe the Club’s Health & Safety policy at all times and must adhere to any additional temporary safety rules as laid down from time to time by the Executive Board.

3. The Club accepts no responsibility for damage to cars parked in the Club car parks, or for damage, loss or theft of personal equipment stored in the Club locker room or in the caddy shed.

4. On the course, all players shall have a duty of care towards others on the course, including greens staff. Please refer to the signs at the 1st and 9th tees for details of appropriate course etiquette, duty of care and health and safety guidance.

5. Any member changing his or her contact details shall advise the Club promptly.

6. The Executive Board shall consider no complaint unless made in writing.

7. No member other than the Captain or member of the Executive Board shall subject any employee of the Club to a personal reprimand.

8. The Executive Board shall determine the opening hours of the Clubhouse, Locker Rooms and Bar. Such hours shall be communicated to the members and posted on the Clubhouse noticeboards.

9. No Notice or Document of any kind shall be exhibited on the Notice Board or walls of the clubhouse except by authority of the Executive Board or Captain.

10. Dogs are discouraged on the Course and, with the exception of guide dogs, are prohibited in the Clubhouse,

11. Parking of cars in the upper car park is restricted to the designated areas. Parking on the roadway, the entrance to the access road, the Clubmaster’s Cottage Drive and garden or in front of the Green Keepers Bothy is strictly prohibited.

12. A smart standard of dress is to be maintained at all times in the Clubhouse and proper golfing attire is to be worn on the course. The wearing of football colours is discouraged.



13. The rules of golf, as from time to time fixed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, shall be the Rules of Play, except in so far as they may be modified by any Local Rules adopted by the Executive Board.

14. Players shall replace any divots taken during play and encourage others to do so. Any damage made by a ball to a putting green must also be carefully repaired.

15. Winter golf rules shall be adopted from the beginning of November to the end of March each year. During this period, in order to allow the fairways time to recover, player must either use mats on the fairway, or take their ball off the fairway and play from the rough.

16. All members and visitors are required to book their tee-time, either via the online booking system or via the Pro Shop, PRIOR to setting out on the course.

17. The decision to cancel or suspend a Competition (e.g. due to poor weather) must be taken by at least one member of the Executive Board in discussion with the Club Professional. Playing members will be notified by the sounding of a klaxon at the first tee. Play will be suspended for one hour, after which play must either resume or the competition cancelled.

18. The course shall be open for play by all categories of member except under the following situations- • The Course has been closed by the Head Greenkeeper or Club Professional for weather or safety reasons. • A Club Competition or Open Competition is to be played on the Course on that day. In these circumstances, the Club tee-time booking system will indicate when general play may resume. • The Course has been reserved for an external event. Again, the tee-time booking system will indicate when general play can resume.

19. Playing Members may introduce visitors on payment of the Member/Guest fee. Members shall not introduce the same visitor on more than 6 occasions per year. Junior members may also introduce visitors on payment of the appropriate Junior Guest fee, but they must not introduce the same visitor on more than 3 occasions per year. The Executive Board reserves the right to deny this privilege to any member or Junior should the above rule be broken.

20. Junior members under the age of 10 years will only be allowed on the course or in the Clubhouse if accompanied by a parent, guardian, or authorised adult.

21. Visitors not introduced by a member are permitted to play the Course on payment of the appropriate green fee, as determined by the Executive Board. All visitors must have a booked tee-time and shall report to the Professional Shop prior to going on to the course. All green fees shall be paid prior to commencing play.

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