Course Etiquette

MGC Course Etiquette

Maungakiekie Golf Club has a reputation for being a social, friendly club. All members are expected to act in such a way as to uphold this reputation and enhance their fellow golfers' enjoyment of the game by understanding and adhering to the accepted course etiquette and by-laws of the Club (available from the administration office).

These are further elaborated below:

Pace of Play

Slow play ultimately is a result of either poor on course awareness or attitude or both. Accordingly, members are asked to adhere to the following guidelines to ensure that all players enjoy their golf:

· The maximum time for 18 holes in single Stableford and par events is 4 hrs 0 minutes and 4 hrs 15 minutes for stroke events, inclusive of a stop at the halfway house

· Be ready at the tee at least five minutes prior to your scheduled tee time

· The key responsibility is to KEEP UP WITH THE GROUP IN FRONT

· Play a provisional ball if yours may be lost outside of a penalty area or out of bounds

· Move promptly between shots

· Particularly on the tee, play out of turn if necessary

· On the green, leave your clubs as close as practical to the next tee

· “Pick up” immediately if you cannot score on the hole

· If falling behind the group in front, the first two players to putt out should proceed to the next tee and hit off


Repairing Divots:

· If a divot is taken, replace the divot and gently press it down with your foot. Cover with a little sand to aid the growing process

· If the divot is shattered, please fill with sand

· If you take a large divot on the teeing ground (especially par 3’s) please fill with sand

· R&A link to correct method for repairing divots


Repairing Pitch Marks:

· 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

· R&A link to correct method for repairing pitch marks



Leave the bunker in the condition that you would like to find it. This means:

· Entering and exiting the bunker at it’s LOWEST point, not climbing down the highest point. This damages the wall and the ball gets plugged easier

· Raking the bunker after your shot, and raking all of the marks you made, not just the divot

· Playing a bad shot is no reason to not rake the bunker. Please be respectful of other members

· After raking the bunker, please leave the rake OUT of the bunker, 1m from bunker’s edge


Additional Course Care/Etiquette

· Sand and buckets are available on the 1st and 10th tees and every player should be carrying one

· Do not lift the ball out of the hole with your putter head

· When using a cart, please abide by the rules of the day set out by the Golf Shop. These rules will be based on the course condition of the day, and failure to abide by these rules may result in your cart being taken off you

· Please keep carts at least 10 metres away from the teeing ground and green at all times. No trundlers or carts are allowed on the teeing ground

· Please take care around G.U.R marked areas, and don’t take trundlers into the G.U.R area. If you take down a rope around the green to play a shot, please restore the rope to how it was

· DO NOT take down the rope around the green to take your trundler through, the rope is there to stop that. Please walk around

· Players should ensure that when dropping bags or the flagstick, no damage is done to the putting green and that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to the hole or in handling the flag stick. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green

· Obey directional signage

· Use rubbish bins to dispose of litter

· Maungakiekie Golf Club promotes ready golf


Give Way to Course Staff

The Course Staff have right of way at all times.

Please DO NOT PLAY when a member of staff is within range. The quicker they can complete their work, the better the course will be and the more enjoyable your game.



Ensure no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by your club, ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs etc when making a stroke or practice swing.

Do not play until all players in front of you are out of range.

If you hit a ball in a direction where it could hit someone, immediately shout the warning "fore."

If you are struck by a golf ball on the golf course please report the incident to golf shop staff immediately for any serious injury or upon the completion of your round.


Practice Fairway Guidelines

The Practice Area is restricted to MEMBERS USE ONLY

· The practice fairway is located right of the 14th green, left of the 15th tee box

· Practice is permitted all year round within daylight hours unless for renovation

· Any club coaching program holds preferred right of access to the practice area