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D.O.G.S. Etiquette


As a golfing society we believe the D.O.G.S. should set a positive example.  As such we would like to share a few helpful items with everyone.  Also refer to Rule 1 of the Rules of Golf which addresses the Game of Golf, Players Conduct and Playing by the Rules.


  • Strive to exceed the dress standards applied by the Golf Clubs we visit; both on the course and in the clubhouse.

  • D.O.G.S. shirts should be worn proudly.

    • If you need one please let someone on the committee know.

  • Respect the rules and regulations of the course we are playing.

  • Play at a reasonable pace; stay in touch with the group in front and do not hold up groups behind.

    • Play "ready" golf.  No need to stand on tradition waiting for furthest out to hit.  If you are ready and it is safe to do so, take your shot.

    • Be ready to hit when it is your turn.  Glove on (or off as the case may be), shot lined up, etc.

    • Take 3 minutes or less to look for a lost ball.

    • Allow faster groups through.

    • For more suggestions check out what the USGA has to say here.

  • Leave the golf course in better condition than we found it by repairing ball marks, replacing divots, and ensuring bunkers are raked either by the caddy or the player.

  • While "gimmes" are not allowed in the rules of golf the D.O.G.S. understand in the interests of quick play it may sometimes be best to allow them under the following conditions:

    • Wait for your playing partners to agree on a gimme putt.

    • Gimmes must be less than a putter grip from the hole

    • No gimmes for pars or less​​

  • Turn in every score for handicap purposes.

  • Have a good time.


  • Move or talk while someone in your group is hitting the ball (or about to hit).

  • Walk across the line of another player’s putt on the green.

  • Hit your shots until the group in front of you is well out of range.

  • Ever play when lightning is present.

  • Throw your clubs, 

    • It puts your playing partners off their game.

    • It puts your playing partners in danger.

    • It scares and puts the caddies in danger.

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