Rules & Regulations
These may make it sound that we take the golf days too seriously.
This is not the case but the English Golf Union stipulate that we have
to set up these rules. The only really important aspects are the rules
regarding dress and etiquette, which must be adhered to at all times.
We also have a code of conduct to cover any unlikely eventuality
where a BUNGS member is guilty of cheating. There are also rules and
penalties for players guilty of slow play. Slow play is a problem, not
only within the golf society, but within the game of golf in general.
There are many things that people can do to improve the speed of play,
and some guidelines are detailed in the etiquette/slow play tips below.
Membership Fees & Structure
The annual membership fee is £25 which goes towards the running costs
of the society and also helps to subsiside some of the golf days. The
membership period runs from 1st November to 31st October, anyone joining
midway during the seaon will pay a pro-rata rate of the £25 fee.
Ideally we would like a total of 75 people registered to the society.
Should anyone be interested in joining the society (if places are
available), they are entitled to play one golf day as a guest but if
they want to play again, they must complete an application form and join
the society officially.
Anyone wishing to resign from the society may do so at any time but
membership fees for that current year will not be refunded. In the
unlikely event of a complaint being received from any golf club we have
visited due to a member misbehaving either on the course or in the
clubhouse, one warning will be given about his behaviour. If the society
receives another complaint about the same member, he will be ejected
from the society. If any member is ejected, the current years membership
fee will be refunded.
The society membership is limited to adult golfers and juniors under
18 are not allowed to events. The only exception to this rule relates to
the August golf day, where a junior golfer will be allowed as a guest as
long as they have a playing handicap of 28 or less.
New members to the society who are members of a golf club with a
current active CONGU handicap will automatically have their handicap cut
by 10%, to fall in line with other society members (who typically play
off less within the society than their club handicaps). New members who
do not possess an active CONGU handicap will not be eligible to win the
first event they attend (or be eligible for a top five prize). A new
member will be grouped with a member of the BUNGS committee on their
first outing so their playing ability can be assessed and suitable
handicap given for future events.
Most golf courses have a strict code about clothing both on the
course and in the clubhouse. It is essential that members should wear
trousers, a collared shirt/polo shirt a smart jumper (depending on the
weather) and correct golfing shoes. If it is required to wear jacket,
shirt and tie when dining in the evening in any particular clubhouse,
members will be notified beforehand.
Under no circumstances should jeans, tracksuits, shell suits or
collarless t-shirts be worn either on the course or in the clubhouse. It
is expected that a change of clothes should be worn when dining in the
BUNGS Code of Conduct
Although we don't like the society taking things too seriously and
want to keep the relaxed atmosphere we have always enjoyed, we felt it
was time to set-up a code of conduct in the unlikely event that one of
the members is guilty of a serious infringement of the rules (cheating).
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. This is the spirit
of the game of golf.
If any player witnesses or suspects a fellow competitor of a serious
rule infringement, you should challenge this person at the time of the
incident and then report the matter to a committee member at the end of
If a serious misconduct or a serious breach of the rules is
substantiated, the guilty member will receive a written warning. Any
future misconduct by that member will lead to expulsion from the
Minor offences (due to ignorance of the rules) are not to be dealt
with so severely, but we must try and cut down on these incidents and
persistent offending may result in further action.
All members should have received a copy of the new rules of golf
which I would hope that you read and keep in your golf bag in case any
rule issues arise. It is in every golfers interest to have a good
knowledge of the rules, and ignorance is no defence for any rule
infringements. If you don't have a copy of the rules, ask Steve for a
Penalties for Slow Play
There is a slow play problem that can easily be resolved, and that is
by having penalties for those people who don't get to the first tee on
time. In future, all tee times must be strictly adhered to.
If any player is not on the first tee and ready to play at his groups
allotted tee-time, his partners will tee-off (assuming the group in
front is clear) and the guilty party will have to walk the first hole,
or as many holes as he needs to catch-up his playing partners. Even if a
player has just rushed onto the tee, if he is not ready to play after
his partners have already teed-off, he must walk the hole.
Once his playing partners have left the tee, he must not play that
particular hole and will therefore receive no points for that hole.
It is advised that you should be in the vicinity of the first tee at
least ten minutes before your start time.
It is in everyone's interest to speed-up play, so if one of your
group is messing around and holding you up, please have a polite word
asking them to get a move on. If they are breaking one of the etiquette
rules/tips detailed below, please let them know in a polite way.
Future rounds will also be monitored and those players
persistently guilty of slow play will be penalised.
Please see our Slow Play Avoidance page for some tips to
speed things up.
Other disciplinary issues
In the unlikely event of a complaint being received from any golf
club we have visited due to a member misbehaving either on the course or
in the clubhouse, one warning will be given about his behaviour. If the
society receives another complaint about the same member, he will be
ejected from the society.
The most likely complaint we
would receive from a golf club is regarding the use of mobile phones.
Most clubs have now banned mobile phones from the golf course and
clubhouse. Unless it is needed for emergency reasons, all mobile phones
must be switched off.
Etiquette; Behaviour on the Course
(As printed in the
Rules of Golf 2004-2007)
This section provides 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.
The Spirit 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. This is the spirit of the game of golf.
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, 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.
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
Pace of Play
Play at Good Pace and Keep Up
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
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.
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
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.
Care of the Course
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
Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks and Damage by Shoes
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
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.
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.
player consistently disregards these guidelines during around 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 interest 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. .