Dress code, Etiquette, Course Care & Local Rules

Dress Code

The dress code of the Golf Club applies to those wishing to play on the course or use the practice facilities. If a Member or guest is not appropriately attired, they will be asked to change, purchase suitable attire or be denied access to the course. What people wear at the Club has a direct bearing on Kooringal Golf Club’s reputation and public image. It is important that Members and guests dress appropriately. The Dress Code policy applies equally to all Members, Guests of Members, Green Fee, Social and trade day players.

Dress Code – Golf Course: Neat and tidy golf attire is to be worn on the Golf Course. Golf attire includes collared polo shirts or golf shirts with regular, mock or crew neck collars. Golf socks must be worn with all golf footwear. No metal spikes, tailored pants/shorts /skirts are preferable. Unacceptable items of clothing: muscle shirts, t-shirts, singlets, tank tops, tube tops or halter tops are not permitted. Denim jeans, cargo shorts, industrial wear, track pants, gym shorts, cut-off shorts, beachwear, tear-away pants, football shorts or socks, jogging pants or shorts, tracksuits, cycling shorts, or spandex shorts or pants are not permitted on the course. No clothing with offensive phrases or graphics will be allowed.

Dress Code – In the Clubhouse: Minimum standard of dress will be neat casual in the clubhouse and within the precincts of the club, commensurate with our standing as a private golf club.

An understanding of golf etiquette makes the game more enjoyable for everyone.

Rules of Golf

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association, in consultation with other golfing bodies from throughout the world, carry out their review of the Rules of Golf on a four yearly basis. Visit the R&A site for the latest information regarding the Rules of Golf

Checking in prior to play

All members and guests are required to ‘check-in’ at the Golf Shop before play commences. On competition days you are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes before your tee time. No play may commence from the 10th Tee without the permission of the Golf Shop staff.

Course Marshalling

Course Marshalling will occur regularly to help ensure the pace of play is acceptable. If you are approached by a Course Marshall, please be aware that your group may be asked to speed up play if you are not maintaining your position in the field. Other groups will be asked to do the same. We ask your co-operation in the hope we can make everyone’s round of golf more enjoyable.

Pace of Play

The Committee is concerned about the pace of play and has developed some simple and practical solutions to address this problem. Slow play ultimately is a result of either poor on course awareness or attitude or both. Accordingly, members are asked to adhere to the following guidelines to ensure that all players enjoy their golf.

  1. The maximum time for 18 holes in single Stableford and par events is 4 hrs 15 minutes and 4 hrs 30 minutes for stroke events, inclusive of a stop at the halfway house.
  2. Be ready at the tee at least five minutes prior to your scheduled tee time.
  3. Before teeing off determine the lowest marker who is responsible for etiquette and pace of play of the group.
  4. The key responsibility is to KEEP UP WITH THE GROUP IN FRONT.
  5. Play a provisional ball when in doubt.
  6. Move promptly between shots.
  7. Particularly on the tee, play out of turn if necessary.
  8. On the green, leave your clubs as close as practical to the next tee.
  9.  “Pick up” immediately if you cannot score on the hole.
  10. If falling behind the group in front, the first two players to putt out should proceed to the next tee and hit off.

Sand Buckets

All players, regardless of pulling or carrying golf clubs, must carry and use a sand bucket. At all times of the year, divot holes must be filled with sand. This includes divots taken in the rough. Please do not replace the divot. Pitch marks on greens must be repaired.


Course Care Etiquette

  • Carry a sand bucket and replace divot holes with sand. Do not replace the detached divot.
  • Repair plug marks on the green.
  • Rake bunkers after use by pushing sand back over footprints. Please refrain from pulling sand towards the bunker’s edge..
  • Buggies may be walked across the greens.
  • Use rubbish bins to dispose of litter.

In addition, your cooperation is sought with the following safety requirements:

  • Give way to ground staff at all times.
  • Obey directional signage.


Repairing Divots 1. Always carry a sand bucket  2. Fill the divot with a generous amount of sand 3. Flatten the sand with your shoe.

Ball Marks

Repairing Ball-Marks 1. Always start at the back of the mark and push forward with the repairer. 2. Use repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the mark. Do not lift the soil upwards. 3. Lightly tap down with putter.

Damage to Greens

Flagsticks, Bags etc. Players should ensure that, when putting down bags, or the flagstick, no damage is done to the putting green, and that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to it in handling the flagstick or in removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green. Handling the flag 1. Don’t drop the flagstick on the putting surface as it may cause damage. 2. Always lower the flagstick gently 3. When finished putting place the flagstick in the centre of the cup, avoiding any damage to the edge of the hole. Removing Ball NEVER use your putter to remove the ball from the hole.

Bunker Rake Policy

Before leaving a bunker, a player must carefully smooth all marks made. When leaving the bunker, rake sand with the flat side of the rake, pushing sand toward the centre of the bunker. Rakes are to be left inside the bunkers, facing the direction of play from the tee.(i.e. the rake head pointing toward the direction of the green) 1. Always enter the bunker at the lowest point. 2. Pull rake toward you as you exit the bunker. 3. If required rake other affected areas. 4. Do not pile sand at the edge of the bunker. Push back excess sand.


Local Rules

Found on the Back of each scorecard. Any temporary local rules can be found on the noticeboard outside the Pro Shop or displayed when registering for competition play in the Pro Shop.

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