STIRLING GOLF CLUB RULES (March 2016)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND RULES
Members are responsible for ensuring their guests conform to all the rules on the course and in the Clubhouse.
ETIQUETTE ON THE COURSE
Players are expected to be smartly dressed at all times, the emphasis being on smart and casual dress. No person will be allowed on the course wearing jeans, football/rugby type shirts and shorts, vest-type tops or collarless t-shirts, tracksuits or shell suits. Shorts must be tailored and smart. Round-collared, recognised golf tops are allowed.
Players must wear golf shoes, unless they are under the age of 18 or have some form of disability preventing them from doing so. Persons under the age of 18 may wear trainers.
Mobile phones, if carried on the course, must be switched to silent.
SLOW PLAY AND BEHAVIOUR
Slow play irritates everyone on the golf course. Members should be aware at all times of their position on the golf course. It is their responsibility to maintain their position on the course and avoid undue delays. Any group that has lost a complete hole on the group ahead should wave through faster groups.
If it is likely that a ball may be lost, unplayable or out of bounds, a provisional ball should be played before going forward. Players searching for a ball should, as soon as they realise the ball will not be quickly found, signal the group behind to play up; they should not wait until the ball has been declared lost (5 minutes). Play should not continue until it is safe to do so.
A 3 ball should aim to complete a round within three and a half hours (210 minutes); each player in the group is responsible for its pace. In a competition, the Match & Handicap Committee reserves the right to penalise each player, in any group, that they consider guilty of slow play. If a player or group consistently disregards the requirement to observe the etiquette of the game during a round, or over a period of time, the Committee may invoke disciplinary action against that group or player.
Pitch marks should always be repaired before leaving the green and divots replaced with care elsewhere on the course. Golf bags should always be left at the side of the green and caddy cars/buggies must not encroach on the apron of the green. All direction signs on the course must be obeyed.
OTHER INFORMATION AND RULES FOR GOLFERS
The Starter in the Professional’s shop will control all play, and operates the starting sheet. In competitions/medals, the starter has the authority to move players’ tee times forward or back to aid the management of competitions. Members failing to co-operate with the starter could be disqualified from the competition.
Members may book tee times online via the Club's website. On the day of play, the Professional will accept bookings. A Member and his/her playing partners may only reserve one tee time; multiple reservations are not permitted.
Members must display their Membership bag tags and ensure that their guests are displaying their visitor’s ticket.
SUSPENSION OF PLAY
The signal for the suspension of play will be 2 loud blasts on a klaxon.
When play is suspended by the Committee, the players in a match or group may, if they wish and without delay, finish the hole they are playing. Players cannot continue to play a hole, other than the one they were in the process of playing, once play has been suspended.
Play can only re-commence after the Committee or their delegates have ordered a resumption of play. This will be signaled by 3 loud blasts on a klaxon. The penalty for breach of this rule is disqualification (R&A Rule 6–8b). The decision to suspend play will be made by the following authorised representatives of the Committee: Match & Handicap Committee, the Professional or his Assistant, the Greens’ Committee or the Greens Staff.
Practice play is restricted to the practice ground and is strictly forbidden on the course. Practice play must be from the designated lanes and must be in the direction of the farm. Players using the practice area must follow the restrictions listed at the practice ground (no long irons or woods can be used). Pitching or chipping to or from the practice putting green is forbidden.
Safety on the course and practice ground is paramount. Golfers should read the course risk assessment document posted on Clubhouse noticeboards, or on the Club website, and should always be courteous to non-golfers.
Players should at all times co-operate with Greens staff to facilitate course maintenance. From 2016 “Maintenance Monday” is the day when Greens staff will do the majority of the essential work on the golf course for that week.
Whilst the flagstick is removed from a hole, players must not play to that green until the flagstick has been returned to the hole by Greens staff.
Members are reminded that they are solely responsible for the security of their own possessions. Memberss, guests and visitors are advised that the Club does have Public Liability insurance. Members may, however, wish to take out additional insurance cover.
Dogs are not allowed on the course.
ACCESS TO THE COURSE
5 DAY MEMBERS
5 Day Members can play golf between Monday and Friday, but not during times reserved for alternate day competitions on a Friday. They are eligible to play in Wednesday Medals and Open competitions, and they may qualify for the Wednesday Medal Finals. 5 Day Members may access the Clubhouse at any time, however they are not permitted the use of the car park prior to 3 pm on a Saturday.
COUNTRY & INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS
Country or International Members may play at most times, but cannot enter any Club competitions other than Opens. If authorised by the Match & Handicap Committee, they may play in competitions for Handicap purposes only.
JUNIOR & YOUNG PERSON MEMBERS
Junior Members have normal playing rights, except as follows:
WEEKDAYS – After 5pm must be accompanied by an Ordinary Member.
SATURDAYS – April to September –Not before 6pm
OCTOBER TO MARCH – Not before 2pm
SUNDAYS – After 11am, if they are accompanied by an Ordinary Member
After 2pm, if they are unaccompanied
Junior Members, who are authorised by the Committee, can enjoy the playing privileges of Ordinary Members. However they may only reserve their own start time and at least one of the players in the group should be an Ordinary or other adult Member.
Only Juniors under the age of 18, as at 1st November, may play in Junior competitions or Championships.
Young People between the age of 19 and 27 are able to play in Ordinary Member competitions, but on reaching the age of 28, as at 1st November, a Young Person Member will transferred to Ordinary Membership.
Student Members have the right to play except for the following times:
WEEKDAYS – Cannot commence play after 5pm
SATURDAYS – April to September – cannot commence play before 6pm
October to March – Not before 2pm
SUNDAYS – Play cannot commence before Noon
Clubhouse Members can access the Clubhouse at any time, but are not permitted the use of the car park prior to 3pm on a Saturday. They can introduce guests to the Clubhouse, and may play golf only on payment of the normal green fee or as a guest of a playing Member.
Members using their privilege tickets for guests must:
a) Enter the names of their guests in the visitor’s book in the Professional’s Shop
b) Play alongside their guests (in the same group)
c) Visiting guests can only receive the use of privilege tickets a maximum of 6 times in any one-year (April – March), no matter which Member accompanies them.
Members may not use their Privilege Tickets when participating in Visiting Parties or in golf outings organised by or on behalf of external companies or societies.
USE OF DIFFERENT TEE AREAS
The tees should be used as follows:
White Markers – Used solely for club competitions unless otherwise authorised by the Committee.
Yellow Markers – Used by all male Members for all other play.
Red Markers – Used solely by Lady Members, their Lady guests and Lady visitors.
Blue Markers – Used by Junior Members.
COMPETITIONS AND HANDICAPS
Please note that more detailed information regarding the rules and arrangements for handicaps and competitions are available on the website and in the Clubhouse for Ladies, Gents and Juniors.
Members are solely responsible for maintaining their own correct handicap. Members are responsible for the return of all their scores and the Match and Handicap Committee will display on the noticeboard each Member’s handicap based on the scorecards received up to that date. Members must not assume that their handicap is absolutely correct, and any queries should be directed to the Match and Handicap Committee.
All ‘away’ scores must be returned as soon as possible to the Club and must be returned prior to the next club competition or medal. Members must complete the away score return form which includes the date, competition, CSS and SSS and their gross score. A copy of their scorecard showing the gross score should accompany this form to allow for any Rule 19.8 adjustments. Any ‘away’ score returned without full information will not be accepted and may result in the Member’s handicap being suspended.
Members must always play off the lowest handicap at all times. Members who are also Members of other golf clubs must declare to the Match and Handicap Committee their ‘home’ club. The ‘home’ club will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining their handicap. Members seeking a handicap or whose handicap has lapsed should follow the instructions on the noticeboard. Guidelines are also available from the Secretary or Match and Handicap Committee.
All competitions will be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as stipulated and governed by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.
Players in club matches and competitions have precedence on both the first tee and through the green. Members waiting to tee off at the 1st hole must allow players in any official match to play through if requested to do so.
Slow play – Members should keep up with the players in front; those who do not may be guilty of slow play and should invite the group behind to play through. The Match and Handicap Committee reserve the right to penalise each player in the offending group two strokes.
The Starter/Pro has the authority to adjust starting times of players to facilitate proper management of the competition. Competitors refusing to co-operate with the Starter will be disqualified from the competition and reported to Match and Handicap.
Where a tie exists, unless otherwise stated, winners/qualifiers will be decided on the basis of the better inward half (last 9, 6, 3, then last hole), then better outward half (the first 9, 6, 3, then first hole).
Entry to Club competitions signifies acceptance of all of the Club’s rules.
RULES IN THE CLUBHOUSE AREA
Members are responsible for ensuring their guests conform to all the house rules.
The lounges will be open to all Members, Members' guests and temporary Members. It is a requirement of the Club’s licence that Members’ guests' details must be entered in the visitor’s book.
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS REGARDING YOUNG PEOPLE
Persons under the age of 18, but over the age of 14, may sit in the area beyond the pillars within the Main Lounge except when the bar is open. When the bar is open, they must be accompanied by a person over the age of 18 and sit in the aforementioned area. A person under the age of 18 may not approach the bar area.
Persons under the age of 18 should not enter the small (television) lounge unless in special circumstances or authorised by the Committee. Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to play the gaming machines or be involved in any form of gambling or game of chance (including prize draws and raffles); or to purchase or request to be purchased any tobacco product or alcohol.
Members are encouraged to use their card to enter the Clubhouse. The door entry PIN number will change on a frequent basis.
The mandatory loyalty fee set for each Member at the AGM must be used by 31st October of that year; any unused proportion of this fee will revert to the Club (2016 fee is £50). Members can use the loyalty fee to purchase goods from either the bar or restaurant. A 10% discount will be applied to purchases from the bar only, when Members use their membership card to pay. £25 will be credited to the Member's account for every £500 spent using their membership card to pay (this applies to purchases at the bar only).
All persons using the Clubhouse must be smartly dressed, appropriate to the occasion, and must adhere to the dress rules. Any person not conforming to the dress code or abiding by the Club rules may be asked to leave by any member of the Club Staff or Committee.
No person will be allowed in the Clubhouse wearing football/rugby type shirts and shorts, vest-type shirts, collarless t-shirts, tracksuits or shell suits. Smart jeans are allowed in the Clubhouse. Gentlemen should not wear hats, and shorts, if worn, must be tailored. In the main lounge Gentlemen must wear collared shirts. Golf shoes may only be worn in the Locker Rooms. They are not permitted in any other area of the Clubhouse.
Exceptions apply to primary school children or younger, in the restaurant area.
Notices advertising Club functions will indicate the required dress code for each event. The dress code for private functions and Societies is agreed at the time of booking.
Mobile phones should not be used within the lounges of the Clubhouse. They should be switched to silent and, if answered, calls should be taken outwith the lounges. Only members of the emergency services may answer calls within the lounges.
Smoking, including the smoking of E-cigarettes, is not permitted in the Clubhouse or at the entrance. There is a designated smoking area at the side of the building.
Club property, including any property loaned or hired to the club, must not be abused or tampered with in any way. Members and visitors should not interfere with any switches, thermostats or electrical controls within the Clubhouse. In case of difficulty a member of club staff or Committee should be approached. Articles of clothing should not be draped over heaters or chairs.
Club noticeboards may only be used on the authority of the Committee.
Lockers are for the use of playing Members. Lockers always remain the property of the club, they are not transferable and the Secretary should be informed when a locker is vacated. The Cdoes not accept responsibility for the contents of lockers. The locker master key may only be obtained from the Secretary.
Members/Guests/Visitors may park their car in the car park within the designated bays. Cars must not be parked in any area of hatched lines, reserved bays or in the vicinity of the Greenkeepers' sheds. The gate to the course must be kept clear and will be padlocked. If required, in an emergency, the padlock keys are available from the Greens Staff, Professional’s Shop, Secretary and bar.
Dogs, other than guide dogs, are not permitted within the Clubhouse.
COOPERATION IN MAINTAINING CLUB STANDARDS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY MEMBER