Ponteland GC Code of Conduct 2019

Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct is not intended to create a bureaucratic, regulatory environment, but rather to promote and enhance our Club’s values.

The Ponteland Golf Club is committed to providing an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment and intimidation for members, employees and guests.

Members, guests and visitors are all reminded that an acceptable standard of behaviour is expected in all areas of the Club and course at all times.

Upon payment of membership or green fees, all members, guests and visitors consent to be bound by PGC’s Code of Conduct. As such, members, guests and visitors agree to accept the restrictions and penalties which may be imposed for any breach of the club’s standards.

Members will be liable for any breach of the Code of Conduct whether committed by themselves or their guests.

R&A Rule 1.2 – Standards of Player Conduct:

* All players are expected to play in The Spirit of the Game

R&A Rule 1.2b – Code of Conduct

* The Committee may set its own standards of player conduct in a Code of Conduct adopted as a Local Rule.


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The Club has adopted the following Code of Conduct as a Local Rule

On the course

All golfers must:

* Adhere to the R&A Rules of Golf and the Local Rules of the course (the Local Rules are detailed on the scorecard)

* Avoid slow play and apply Ready Golf principles. When out of position on the course players should allow other golfers to play through as appropriate. For instance waving a following group through when searching for lost balls and maintaining the speed of play by keeping up with the group in front

* Respect the Ponteland Golf Club (PGC) dress code

* Demonstrate fair play both on and off the course

* Always follow established golf etiquette respecting the course, such as: repairing pitch marks, replacing divots and raking bunkers

* Show the necessary respect to fellow golfers at all times, this includes; no shouting on the course, no misuse of equipment (e.g. throwing clubs in frustration etc.), no aggressive behaviour or the taking of performance enhancing drugs.

* Conduct themselves in a sporting like manner and do not knowingly cheat or disrespect employees, officials or fellow players.

* Switch their mobile phones to silent on the golf course

 

In the clubhouse

Members, guests and visitors are reminded that:

* Any form of discrimination, harassment or intimidation is regarded as unacceptable behaviour.

* Consumption of excessive quantities of alcohol is not permitted by law. Please do not be offended if service is refused.

* The use of foul or abusive language such as swearing has no place in the clubhouse. Any member, guest or visitor heard using unacceptable or offensive language will be asked to either stop or leave the premises. Where someone is noticed to be consistently using bad language after being warned then their continued membership will be reviewed accordingly

* Smoking or the use of e-cigarettes is not permitted within any of the club buildings

* The taking of illegal substances will incur immediate suspension and loss of membership.

* They must be considerate towards others when using their Mobile phone in the clubhouse

Whilst fully acknowledging that “banter” can contribute to creating a healthy atmosphere among members, these rules are designed to safeguard others who find such banter offensive or intimidating.


 
A person engaging in any behavior that may be detrimental to the game of golf or Ponteland Golf Club is in breach of the code of conduct and should be reported to the Club Captain.

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