Rules & Etiquette

If you’re a keen student of the game, the Royal and Ancient Club of St Andrews together with the United States Golf Association review the Rules of Golf every four years, with the most recent update released in January 2016.


You can conduct yourself as a good golfing citizen by respecting the game and your fellow golfers. Here are some basics to stick to.

Prior to play

  • Arrive at least fifteen minutes before tee-time to check in at the Pro Shop.
  • If you cannot meet your tee-time, contact the Pro Shop to cancel.
  • Subject to other cancellations, you may be asked to change playing groups.
  • Always drive your motorised cart within the rules.
  • Be ready to play when it is your time to tee off.

Keep pace

  • This underpins many of the other aspects of golf etiquette, which are designed to help play your round as efficiently as possible, especially in competition.
  • Keep up with the group ahead and don’t hold up the group behind.
  • The lowest marker of the group is responsible for the group’s pace of play.
  • A playing group of four should aim to complete a round of 18 in four hours.

On the tee

  • Do not wheel your buggy on to the tee area.
  • Mark your ball so you can identify it.
  • Hit ONLY when golfers ahead of you are out of range.
  • Stand still and facing other golfers while they are hitting.
  • Watch where all balls go to avoid time spent looking for lost balls.
  • Yell the warning “FORE!” if your ball is heading towards another golfer.
  • Repair your divot.

On the fairway

  • Walk directly to your ball unless you reach someone else’s ball first.
  • Assist playing partners when needed by bringing clubs or finding lost balls.
  • Place your bag or cart near you when hitting.
  • Take no more than one practice swing.
  • Player furthest from the hole usually plays first, but golfers out of range in front of the group can play first if ready.
  • Repair your divot and others you might see while walking the fairways.

On the green

  • Do not wheel your buggy across the green.
  • Place your bag or cart between the green and the next tee.
  • Take all clubs you may need.
  • Repair your own ball marks and others.
  • Avoid stepping on another player’s putting line.
  • Players begin putting when all balls are on the green.
  • The player furthest away from the hole putts first.
  • On long putts, ask another player to attend the flagstick.
  • Mark your ball position if it is in the path of another player’s putting line.
  • Record all scores on the next tee.


Following are rules specific to the course conditions at Wanneroo Golf Club. The penalty for a breach during stroke play is two strokes, while a breach during match play would result in the loss of the hole.

  1. Out Of Bounds:
    Any fence bounding the course.
  2. Ground Under Repair:
    1. All garden beds surrounded by manmade borders and/or white stakes are to be treated as GUR.
    2. If a player’s ball lies in a washaway in a bunker, or the washway interferes with a player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player may take relief.
    3. Those areas marked with white stakes or white lines are to be treated as GUR and relief may be taken. All white stakes marking GUR are to be treated as immovable obstructions.
  3. Staked Trees:
    1. If a staked tree or shrub interferes with a player’s stance or intended swing, the ball MUST be lifted without penalty and dropped in accordance with the immovable obstruction rule.
  4. Fixed Sprinkler Heads:
    All sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be taken. In addition, if such an obstruction lies on, or within two club lengths of the putting green of the hole being played, and interference on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief with penalty as follows: If the ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and is within two club lengths of the intervening obstruction, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which a) is not nearer the hole, b) avoids such intervention and c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
  5. Kangaroo Marks:
    If a ball likes in a print, hole or other mark made by a kangaroo, relief may be taken without penalty.
  6. Distance Indicators:
    Pine logs on the edge of the fairways indicate that the distance from the middle of the fairway opposite to that point to the centre of the greens 100, 150 and 200 metres. Pine logs can be treated as movable obstructions.
  7. Relief may be taken from all artificial surfaced pathways.
  8. Temporary Local Rules:
    As displayed on the Notice Board.