Heffle Golf Society Rules

Secretary's Note

All members are expected to communicate availability to the Secretary at least 72 hours before the event.  
Every attempt will, however, be made to accommodate late entries.

Non attendance following acceptance will result in the non participant incurring the full cost of the food ordered on the day.

Withdrawals for extreme reasons within this 72 hour deadline will, of course, be dealt with as sympathetically as is possible
but this
withdrawal must be made by telephone to the Secretary.

If you introduce a 'Guest' to the Society this person will be the responsibility of the proposer regarding both cost and
adherence to Society rules.

'Guest' players must play a minimum of 3 matches prior to Society acceptance and will not be eligible for winners prizes
during this period.

All members of The Society are expected to make themselves aware of the standards that are required at each Course we
attend and extend a high level of etiquette and courtesy to these Courses.

All players are expected to be at the venue at least 45 minutes prior to the first tee time

Please remember that the Secretary is not able to make final payment to the club until all players have arrived and paid.  
It is unfair to expect him to wait around for late arrivals and payers.  

Under no circumstances should 'Order of Plays' be altered unless agreed with the Secretary prior to the day.  Guest players
will normally play with the proposer and two other Society members on the first match attended.


Heffle Golf operates strictly under R & A rules although
the principal format of play uses the Stableford Scoring

Handicaps awarded by Golf Clubs to Society members either prior to joining
or during your Society playing period will not be considered when allotting
your Society Handicap.  

Having recently experimented with the CONGU Handicapping system
operated by Golf Clubs we have come to the conclusion that it is not suitable
for Society Golf.

The main Handicapping Rules are as follows :-

1)  Winners of Heffle Golf events receive a two shot Handicap cut.

Players finishing either out of the top two thirds or outside the top ten will
receive a 1 shot addition to their Handicap.

The Maximum Handicap awarded to new players will be 24
New players will not be eligible for any award other than a Handicap cut
during the first 3 appearances within the Society.
They are also exempted from the 2 shot maximum cut during their first 8

Although we normally play all of our Competition Golf in Stableford
conditions The Society operates strictly within the
R & A Rules of Golf.
By clicking on the link below you will enter the website of the R & A to
check on any rule you may need clarification.
R & A Rules
It is unlikely that most people
will say anything about your
standard of golf etiquette.  
They will, however, remember
it, maybe even discuss it with
You may find that you have
difficulty finding partners in

Don't become a
lonely golfer, spend a
few moments
reading through the
notes lower on this

Good golf etiquette is important for many reasons.
Many rules pertain to the safety of other golfers, the quality of the golf course, and various other aspects of thoughtfulness which make the
game more enjoyable.

In other words, golf etiquette is an essential part of the game that many new players overlook and that even some non-novices occasionally
forget.   Brushing up on your golf etiquette will ensure that you get the most out of the game and have a truly rewarding experience, and
that you are a pleasure to play with.

Look before you swing! Keep it safe.
Do not swing your club until you know that others in your group are at a safe distance. Likewise, keep your distance when others are
swinging. When practicing your swing, never swing in the direction of another player.  There may be pebbles or twigs or other matter in the
grass that could fly up and injure a playing partner.

Do not hit the ball until you are certain that the group ahead of you is out of range
If your ball appears headed toward another player or another group, give them a warning by yelling out, "Fore!" (an internationally
recognized alert).
Also, observe the safety suggestions posted in golf carts and drive carefully. Golf etiquette requires keeping your cart off the grass as much
as possible.  Another important rule is to never throw clubs in anger. In addition to being rude , it could also be dangerous to fellow players.

Don't cause a hold up.
Maintain a good pace. Keep the round moving by being prepared to
hit your shot when it is your turn.  You probably don't like waiting on
other groups, so don't make other groups wait on you.

The player who is furthest from the hole hits first in a group.
Slow Play is one of the reasons that prevents this happening and is
extremely dangerous.


Do not spend too much time looking for a lost ball, particularly if there is  a group  behind you ready to play. If you insist on taking the full
five minutes allotted in the rule book to look for lost balls, golf etiquette says wave up the group behind to allow them to play through.
Always try to keep pace with the group ahead of you.  If space opens in front of you, allow a faster group to play through.
When two players in a cart hit to opposite sides of a hole, drive to the first ball and drop off that player with his  club, then drive to the
second ball. After both players hit, meet up farther down the hole.
When walking from your cart to   your ball, take a couple of clubs  with you.   Taking only one club, then having to
return to the cart to retrieve a different club, is a huge time-waster.
Always leave the putting green as soon as your group has finished putting.

Be sure to use that rake! Be kind to the course. Observe cart rules. Some courses will post "cart path only" signs; others will ask you to
observe the "90-degree rule." Do as you are told. Keep carts away from greens and hazards. The wheels on carts can damage these sensitive
areas.  Always remember to repair your divots in the fairway, and ball marks on the green. Avoid taking divots on a practice swing. Be sure
to always rake sand bunkers after hitting to erase your footprints and damage to the area where your ball was.
When removing the flagstick lay it gently on the side of the Green. Do not throw it !

Wear proper golf attire. Shirts should be collared, and  should be tucked into their shorts or trousers.   Shorts are acceptable but they
should be rather upscale. No gym shorts or  should be no shorter than just above your knees.
Wear proper golf shoes. Running shoes or sandals are not appropriate. Also be sure that you wear soft spiked golf shoes, since most golf
courses do not allow metal spikes.  Hats are a good idea. They shield the sun from your face and may improve your vision.
If playing in cooler weather, a jacket or sweater is appropriate.

Shake hands and be congratulatory at the end of the game.
Good sportsmanship is demonstrated by shaking hands with your opponents at the end of the game and congratulating both the winner and
those showing great improvement. Any disagreements should end at this point and a drink or meal to talk over anything in a civilized way
is a fine way to end the game.

Never talk during another player's swing, or rattle your keys, cough, or make other noises.
Do not yell out following a shot.  Even if boisterous behavior doesn't bother your playing partners, there are other people on the course
who may be within earshot.

Be aware of your shadow on the putting green. Don't stand in a place that causes your shadow to be cast across another player or that
player's putting line.  Never walk through a playing partner's putting line, or the line his ball may travel past the hole.
Your footprints might alter the path of a partner's putt.

Walk around (behind) the partner's ball. Never walk across the green to get to your ball, walk around the green.
Enter and exit sand traps from the low side, never climb up the face.
Never stand opposite of the hole when another player is hitting, or putting, give them an unobstructed view of their shot.

Avoid walking in the line of your opponent at any time.
Avoid throwing a tantrum; while it is just a game, it is also a test of your sportsmanship and personal behavior. If it's a corporate game, you
are also being judged on how you handle challenges and opponents.
ALWAYS look where you're swinging. It might hit someone and might hit their bad spot.

Please leave cell phones turned off or set to vibrate.

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Our new 'TWO's
Competition Rules

Our 'Two's Competition will
commence on Wednesday
February 22nd at
Willingdon Golf Course, our
370th Event.

Every player will be included
in the Competition

Any player holing out in 2 or
less shots will be declared the
winner and will scoop the '2's
money for that day.
In the event of more than one
player achieving this the
prize will be divided.

Should no player achieve a 2
or less the prize will be
carried forward to the next

To avoid players joining the
Competition once the 'pot'
has built up the 'carried
forward' amount will be
restricted to the games that
player has paid into and the
remainder reintroduced to
the next carry over.

Our NEW Result System  
includes an up to date table
on this Competition.        
(Less than 72 hrs prior to event)
We are obliged to provide final numbers at all Courses we visit 3 days prior to the date of our visit.
Recent late cancellations have cost the Society, and therefore it’s members, money.
The Society has always been a friendly society and for that reason we do not
approach an individual making this late withdrawal for costs incurred, but anyone volunteering to cover
their own costs would be showing respect for the other members and be   greatly appreciated
by everybody.    
The Basics of Golfing Etiquette

We will be introducing the
following 4 new competitions
to our programme this year.

Commencing at Willingdon the
person who records the
highest percentage reduction
in Handicap over the course of
the year will be awarded our
Player of the Year trophy,
formerly known as

There will be a  prize for the
person recording the
in a period covering the
Best 8 results

There will be a  prize for the
person recording the
PAR 3s
in a period covering
the Best 8 results.