ETIQUETTE - BEHAVIOR ON THE COURSE

Introduction

This section provides guidelines on the manner in which the game of footballgolf 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

Footballgolf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee. 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 footballgolf. 

Safety

Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a kick.

Players should not play until the players in front are out of range.

If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout a warning.

Consideration for Other Player

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, or in the players field of view when a player is about to play.

On the Putting Green

On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or, when he is making a kick, 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.

Scoring

In kick 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 record it.

Pace of Play

Play at Good Pace and Keep Up:
Players 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.

Be Ready to Play

Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.

Searching for Ball and Recovering Ball

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 or recovered of the water hazard. They should not search or try to recover 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. The term “group” includes a single player.

Care of the Course

Bunkers:

Before leaving a bunker, players should smooth over 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 this purpose.

Preventing Unnecessary Damage:

Players should avoid causing damage to the course and especially to the putting green.

Conclusion; Penalties for Breach

If players follow the guidelines in this section, it will make the game more enjoyable for everyone.

If a player consistently disregards these guidelines during a round 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 interests of the majority of footballgolfers who wish to play in accordance with these guidelines. In the case of a serious breach of etiquette, the Committee may disqualify a player.