By Club Captain Phil Green
Section 1 of the Rules of Golf covers Etiquette and Behaviour on the course. The introduction to this section concludes by stating that the overriding principle is that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.
Under the heading Consideration for other players, it states that players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise. This is particularly important at a course like Jamberoo where due to the size of the course, teeing areas may be close together, as for example, at the 2nd, 11th and 18th tees and the 16th tee and 17th green. Speaking loudly in such areas while other people are about to play their shot shows a lack of courtesy and a disregard for one of the basic principles of our wonderful game.
Last Saturday, for example, while a group was getting ready to tee off on the 11th, a group on the 2nd called out to one of the players on the 11th while one of the other players in that group was addressing the ball. Wait until he’s hit his shot next time.
A group on the 18th waited for another group of players to tee off on the 2nd. They waited for this group to finish before they set up, being quiet etc, as they should. The group on the 2nd, however, didn’t show the other group the same courtesy. As soon as they finished, chat, chat, chat while the other group was teeing up ready to hit off. Have a look around to see what is going on, and show other people the same courtesy that you would expect.
Slow play is another area which causes a great deal of angst. If some of the early morning groups can get around the course in about 3 to 3¼ hours, then there is no reason why later groups shouldn’t be able to get around the course in 3½ to 3¾ hrs. If you are holding up the group behind you, let them through. There is no excuse for taking 5 hours to finish a round at our course. The course is not that long, and it is reasonably flat. If you’re off the fairway, in the trees, and you don’t think you’re going to be able to find your ball easily, call the following group through. Don’t hold them up for 5 minutes while you search for your ball. Every time somebody does this, the time taken to search adds up so that the following groups end up taking much longer than they should to complete their round. Don’t all walk down the fairway together from one ball to the next. If each player goes to where his/her ball is and is ready to play as soon as possible, then the round will go quicker.
Play ready golf. While one person is on the tee, another can be watching for that person’s ball flight while the other two in the group fill out their cards.