Dress Code

Glenvista Golf Club aims to operate a contemporary & forward-thinking dress policy, commensurate with a modern day sports & social club. It is in the interests of Members & Visitors alike to maintain reasonable standards of casual but smart dress in keeping with golfing traditions. Golfers at Glenvista Country Club are therefore made aware of the following codes that must be adhered to both on the golf course & in the clubhouse.

Golfing attire is required for all players. Denim jeans, tracksuits, swimming costumes, t-shirts, flip-flops or trainers are not allowed on the course at any time. Collared shirts & golf shoes must be worn on the course. We ask Golfers to refrain from wearing golf shoes in the clubhouse for reasons of safety & damage limitation.

The clubhouse maintains our smart casual approach. There are well-maintained changing room facilities for those looking to freshen up before continuing with their social engagements. Changing in the car park is not permitted.

As always, please feel free to contact the Club with any dress code queries.

Look the Part

Visit Pro ShopOur Pro Shop stocks the latest in golf clothing sourced from leading international golfing brands. Our range of shirts, trousers, shorts & shoes will have you looking the part. The Pro Shop runs frequent promotions & specials so please look out for those on your next visit to Glenvista Country Club.

Liability

Members & Visitors to Glenvista Country Club are reminded that they are solely responsible for the security of their possessions (& liability thereof) on the golf course, practice facilities, clubhouse & other areas operated by the club.

Safety

Making your visit to Glenvista Country Club a safe one is paramount. All Members & Visitors must adhere to the Club’s health & safety declaration & notices. We ask golfers to adopt a courteous, safe attitude on the golf course, always mindful for non-playing persons & staff.

Green Staff

Players should at all times co-operate with greens staff to facilitate course maintenance.
Whilst the flagstick is removed from a hole, players must not play to that green until the flagstick has been returned to the hole by greens staff.

Practice

Practice play is restricted to the practice area and is strictly forbidden on the course. Players using the practice area must follow the restrictions listed at or near the practice area. Pitching/Chipping to or from the practice putting green is forbidden.

Starting

Golfing Members & Visitors are kindly requested to report to the Pro Shop to settle green fees with adequate time to meet their tee off time booking. Member/Affiliation cards will be requested & need to be presented to Pro Shop staff when paying green fees.

We ask players be on the tee at least 7 minutes before their tee off time.

Bad Weather

Prior to/during inclement weather conditions the sounding of the siren means that all golfers are to immediately leave the course & return to the clubhouse. This is for your safety & enjoyment of your round at Glenvista Country Club.

Play may only continue when advise by the siren or a staff member has ordered a resumption of play.

Slow Play

Slow play is not conducive to an enjoyable round of golf at Glenvista Country Club. Members & Visitors should be aware at all times of their position on the golf course. It is their responsibility to maintain their position on the course and avoid undue delays. Any group that has lost a complete hole on the group ahead of them should wave through faster groups.

If it is likely that a ball may be lost, unplayable or out of bounds, a provisional ball should be played before going forward. Players searching for a ball should, as soon as they realize the ball will not be quickly found, signal the group behind to play up; they should not wait until the ball has been declared lost (5 minutes). Play should not continue until it is safe to do so.

Etiquette of the Game

Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for others, care for the course & to abide by the Rules of the game. All golfers should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy & sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive the occasion.

Etiquette is also about showing a respect for the golf course on which you are playing & the work that has been put in to maintaining it for your enjoyment. It’s about making sure that the game is played safely & that others on the course are able to enjoy their round as much as you have yours.

Care Of the Course

  • Bunkers

    Before leaving any bunker, players should carefully smooth over any holes or footprints made on entering the bunker. If a rake is available in reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose.

  • Divots & Ball-Marks

    Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself/herself).

  • Unnecessary Damage

    Players should avoid causing unnecessary damage to the golf course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason.

    Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags, clubs or the flagstick.
    Players/caddies should not stand too close to the hole & should take care during the handling of the flagstick & the removal of a ball from the hole. This avoids any unnecessary damage to the hole itself.

    Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole.
    The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.

    Notices regulating the movement of golf carts & buggies should be strictly adhered to for both damage prevention & safety reasons.

Keeping Pace

  • Play at a Good Pace and Keep Up

    Players should always play at a good pace. The Committee may establish pace of play guidelines that all players should follow. It’s a playing group’s responsibility to keep up with play in front. If the group in front loses a clear hole & delay the group behind, they should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that following group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, they should also invite the faster moving group to overtake them.

  • Be Ready to Play

    You should be ready to play at soon as it is your turn to play, on a tee box, fairway, bunker or putting green. When on or near the putting green, leave your bags or carts just off the green on the way to the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, leave the putting green quickly.

  • Lost Ball

    If you think your ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, players should play a provisional 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. They shouldn’t search for 5 minutes before doing inviting the group behind to play through. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they shouldn’t continue play until the group coming through has passed and is out of range.

Consideration of Others

  • Disturbance or Distraction

    Players should always show adequate consideration for other players on the course & take care not to not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise.
    You should also ensure that any electronic devices taken onto the course don’t distract other players.
    Only tee your ball up when it’s your turn to play and remember not to stand close to the ball, directly behind it, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play his/her stroke.

  • On the Putting Green

    On the putting green, be careful not stand on another player’s line of putt or, when he is putting, cast a shadow over his line.
    And you should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have finished the hole.

  • Scoring

    If you’re acting as a marker, on the way to the next tee you should, if necessary, check the score with the player concerned and record it.

  • Safety

    Ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing.
    Wait until the players in front are out of range. Players should always alert greenstaff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them.
    If your ball’s heading in a direction where there is a danger of it hitting someone, shout a warning immediately. The traditional word of warning is “FORE”.

 Pace of Play

Slow play detracts from the enjoyment of the game for many players.

There is a responsibility on all players & course management to ensure that golf is played at a good, enjoyable pace that is appropriate to the course being played. Factors that may influence what is considered to be an appropriate pace may be the difficulty of the course, the distances between greens and tees, the climate and also the range of ability of the players on the course. There is not a ‘one size fits all’ model for round times but it is important that appropriate, self-regulated targets are achieved.

A suitable yardstick for pace of play at Glenvista Golf Club would be:

    • 2-balls: No more than 3 hrs 10 min
    • 3-balls: No more than 3 hrs 30 min
    • 4-balls: No more than 3 hrs 50 min

Targets aside the general rule we ask all players to adhere to is: Try to keep up with the group in front.

How the Club helps reduce round times

    • We provide adequate intervals between starting (tee-off) times suitable for varying levels of golfing skill.
    • Golfers may be invited to tee off starting with the back 9; this helps balance out golfing traffic for the benefit of all on the course.
    • We encourage players to play from tees that suit their ability & will present visitors with a guide to the course layout before the round.
    • The intermediate rough for regular play avoids numerous lost balls.
    • Hole locations for daily play will not be too severe & green speeds will be appropriately paced.
    • Players are advised of a suitable pace of play & obligations with regards to pace of play are always encouraged i.e. Keep up with the group in front and allow quicker groups to play through.

How you can help reduce round times?

    • Be aware of your position with regard to the group in front & try to keep up with that preceding group.
    • If you feel that your group is losing ground, tell the other players in your group.
    • If your group is behind, try to catch up.
    • If you lose a clear hole and are delaying the group behind, or if there is no group in front of you & you are delaying the group behind, invite the group behind to play through.
    • Be ready to play your shot. While exercising due consideration for other players in your group, put your glove on, check yardage, pick your club or line up your putt while others in your group are playing.
    • At the green, speed up your exit by positioning your bags on the way to the next tee.
    • Move off the green as soon as all players in your group have holed out & mark score cards at or on the way to the next tee.
    • Play a provisional ball if you suspect that your ball may be lost outside a hazard or out of bounds

Spirit of the Game

Honesty, integrity, courtesy: 3 words that are at the very essence of spirit in which the game of golf is played.
The spirit of the game transcends ‘etiquette’ and the ‘Rules of Golf’. It is a quality that every golfer should develop an innate sense of, something shared with our golf’s unparalleled past, and something that raises the sport, some would argue, above all other sports.

Whether it’s through repairing a divot or pitch-mark, or simply through offering silence on the tee, the spirit of the game dictates that golfers make sure they give others on the course a fair opportunity to play the best shot they can.

The game of golf is also self-regulating. There is seldom an umpire or referee present so the game relies upon our own honest adherence to the Rules of Golf in order to enjoy the game to its fullest. As a result, we are all occasionally forced to penalize ourselves for infringements which, often, will go unnoticed by fellow golfers or spectators.

It is the game’s dependency upon honesty, courtesy & integrity that makes Golf so special, the absence of which, would make our enjoyment of the game impossible.