The following points are provided to assist the upkeep of the course and ensure that you and your fellow member have an enjoyable round of golf:
- Sand buckets must be carried and used at all times. They are provided in a bin near the 1st and 13th Tees.
- Repair all plug marks on greens with a pitch repairer.
- Enter and leave bunkers from the lowest access point – generally the back of the bunker or a tongue.
- Once footprints are raked out do not leave the rake against the edge of the bunker.
- Do not lean on your putter when on the green.
- Players are encouraged to take buggies across greens, but not around or near the edge of greens.
Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints, and then leave the rake with the handle pointing toward the tee of the hole being played in the middle of the bunker.
- Always enter the bunker at the lowest point.
- Pull rake toward you as you exit the bunker.
- If required rake other affected areas.
- Do not pile sand at the edge of the bunker. Push back excess sand.
Bunker Rake Policy
- Always leave rake in the flat of the bunker with the handle parallel to the line of flight of the hole being played.
- Rakes should be placed as far from the edge as possible.
- Always start at the back of the mark and push forward with the repairer.
- Use repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the mark.
- Do not lift the soil upwards.
- Lightly tap down with putter.
- Your completed repair should look like this.
- Remove any loose turf from the affected area.
- Knock in all sides of the edge of the divot with your club or your shoe and fill with sand.
- Correctly mended divot.
Damage to Greens from Flagsticks, Bags etc.
Players should ensure that when handling 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
- Don’t drop the flagstick on the putting surface as it will cause damage.
- Always lower the flagstick by club
- or by hand.
- Avoid damage to surrounds by placing the stick in the centre of the cup.
- Players are requested NOT to use their putter to remove their golf ball from the hole.
Motorised Golf Carts must
- Not be taken within 10 metres of greens, tees and bunkers unless on established pathways.
- Not be parked in front of greens.
- Must be driven carefully, avoiding slopes on which the cart could capsize.
- Avoid damp or worn areas.
- Follow all directional signs and park in the designated areas or at the side of fairways.
- Not transport more than two people at any time.
- Wherever possible, be driven in the rough or off the closely mown portions, avoiding worn areas.
- Consider other players whilst driving.
- Have drivers that hold a valid NSW Driver’s Licence (or equivalent).
Inclement Weather Conditions
Heat – During some parts of the year, excessive heat is a cause for concern. During such periods, players must be aware of the inherent risk to their health if they play in such temperatures that could be viewed as dangerous.
When the Australian Bureau of Meteorology determines that the ‘Feels Like’ temperature is in excess of 39 degrees for the Terrey Hills region, the event of the day will be abandoned and, if a major trophy event, will be rescheduled.
Lightning – Play will not commence or will be suspended if there is lightning in the vicinity or forecasted to occur by the Bureau of Meteorology.
Rain/ Flood – At times the course may experience excessive rain with sudden downpours or prolonged rainstorms, this can result in the course or areas of the course being unplayable.
Play will not commence or will be suspended if the course is considered unplayable with excessive water on greens surfaces and surrounds.
Heavy Frost – During the winter months the course and grounds can experience heavy frost. The potential problem with these conditions is walking on slippery surfaces and the damage that can be caused to greens, tees and fairways.
Members are requested to be mindful of movements during heavy frosts, particularly in respect to cart tracks.
Strong Winds – During severe winds there is a potential danger from falling tress, branches and debris being blown. When winds reach gale force conditions, as determined by the Bureau of Meteorology, the course will be closed.
Fog – During the cooler months fog can be an extreme weather condition. The concern with fog is that a players vision is impaired and they cannot see the group in front, in turn creating a potential hazardous situation. Play will not commence or will be suspended if conditions are considered unplayable.