We would be grateful if all Members and Visitors would embrace golf etiquette and our expectations. Please be respectful of our staff who are encouraging good etiquette and course care.

β€œIn golf, the customs and etiquette and decorum are as important as the rules of play” - Bobby Jones


Enjoy your golf at Capel Golf Club and ensure fellow golfers do too by showing due respect to our championship course, clubhouse and to other golfers and following the traditional etiquette standards of the golfing world:

  • Speed of play always remains a thorny issue in modern golf. Please attempt to keep up with the game ahead, and if you fall behind, please make suitable efforts to pick up the pace of play to close this gap. If there is a faster moving group behind, and space, ahead please do let this group through.
  • Please make the effort to repair all pitch marks correctly.
  • Please rake all bunkers and leave them in a condition you would hope to play from. Rakes are to be left on blue lined areas
  • Please replace all divots.

Capel Golf Club's eight point guide maintaining the correct pace of play:

  • When errant, watch the ball very carefully identifying a reference for line to assist with the search process.
  • When errant, take a provisional ball, in case the search is unsuccessful.
  • Walk at a good pace between shots.
  • Be ready to play when it’s your turn
  • Line up putts in advance of your turn when possible (without, of course, distracting playing partners)
  • Leave golf bags around the green in the correct place to move to the next tee, never at the front of a green.
  • Mark scorecards without undue delay
  • If unable to score in a stableford event, please pick up your ball.

Course Care

A few moments of courtesy during a round will assist the club significantly in the way of ground staff time and costs, and ensure a more pleasant round for all golfers.

The condition of greens can have a major impact on players’ scores, so careful attention must be given to the putting surface. The most important aspect is the repair of pitch marks – the longer a mark stays unrepaired, the longer it takes to mend.

Sand buckets are available at the starting tees and divots should be repaired. A careless repair may provide an unfair lie for other players, and may also damage course equipment and will result in the divot taking longer to repair.

It is important to leave bunkers in good condition for following players. Rakes are to be left outside the bunkers on designated blue markers.