Rules & Etiquette
Golf is a fabulous game to teach young people the values of honesty, respect and responsibility. The Junior Golfer‛s Creed provides a framework for juniors to learn their relationship to the Game, their conduct on the course and respect for themselves and others.
7 - 11 Rule of Play
G.A.J.U.G.A. participants practice the "7-11" rule during play. A junior golfer may make 7 attempts to reach the green of each hole and if he or she does not, will pick up their ball and place it at the front edge of the putting surface. Our golfer then can attempt 4 putts to finish the hole and will pick up and mark their score at no more than 11.
The Junior Golfer‛s Creed
Golf is a wonderful game. As a Junior Golfer, I will RESPECT and be good to the game of golf.
Responsibility I will learn the rules of golf, follow the rules of the course and take responsibility for all my actions on the course.
I will abide by the rules of etiquette, awaiting the proper time to hit, refraining from foul language and boisterous behavior, and generally conducting myself as a young lady or young gentleman on the course.
I will be sensitive to the environment and the course where I play and to those who maintain and manage it.
I will keep up with the group ahead and maintain an appropriate pace of play.
I will do my best to educate others and myself on the principles of this creed and live up to it at every opportunity.
I will strive to leave the course in better condition than I find it, by fixing my ball marks (and those of others), replacing my divots, raking bunkers, and properly disposing of trash.
I will learn and embrace the rules and traditions of this ancient and honorable game and respect my fellow golfers and the courses we are privileged to play.
The goal of the creed is to encourage everyone to conduct themselves properly to ensure enjoyment. The intent is that all golf participants will continue to carryout the creed and use it to better the game.
Getting out on the course can be a fun, rewarding experience, especially when everything goes well. But when there are novices who know nothing about the game, it can be a day of frustration and disappointment for everyone. You owe it to yourself and for everyone else you meet, to know the common do's and don'ts of golf.
On the tee: You may tee your ball anywhere in the rectangular area bounded between the tee markers and as far back as 2 club lengths from the tee markers. You are allowed to stand outside the markers as long as your ball is within the proper teeing area. Stand away and out of the line of sight of anyone who's teeing off. Do not make any sounds while he/she is teeing off. Being silent also applies while out on the fairways and greens when anyone is ready to hit the ball. Be aware of others on the course who are not even part of your group. Being courteous goes a long way in golf!
On the fairway: While walking on the fairway, keep behind all the golf balls. The person who comes upon his/her ball first, hits, while everyone else stays behind. Keep your eye on who's hitting the ball, just in case it flies your way. If you are the one hitting the ball and it heads toward someone, you must yell "FORE!". This is a warning to let others know a ball can hit someone. NEVER hit into or over the group in front of you. Allow enough room so that everyone is out of range when you hit your ball.
As you continue down the fairway, be aware of where you leave your bag. Be sure it is not interfering with another golfer. As you get to the green leave your bag nearer to the next tee box you're going to. Again, be aware that it does not interfere with anyone else. Bags do not belong on the fringe of the green or it's surface.
After hitting your ball on the fairway, if your club leaves a divot please replace the piece of turf or pour sand into the mark. Try to leave the golf course in better shape than you found it.
On the green: Once you've reached the green, mark your ball with a ball marker. The person farthest from the hole putts first. Proceed with the farthest person away until everyone holes out. If your marker is in direct line between the hole and someone else's ball, you can move your marker to the left or right of where your ball is, using the putter head as a measure. Be sure to return your marker to the ball's original lie before putting. And after everyone has putted, be sure the flagstick is replaced properly and is standing upright in the hole.
If your ball landed on the green, repair any ball marks it may have made. Use a divot repair tool or, if you have none, a tee. Carefully lift the grass that was smashed down and gently tamp it down with your putter. If you see other ball marks made by other golfers that were not repaired by them, try and fix them if time allows. You'll be doing a good deed and others will appreciate it.
Keep an eye on the group in front of you and the group behind you as you play: Make it a point to always keep up with the group ahead. If you find that your group is holding up people behind you, encourage your group to pick up their pace of play or let the next group play through by letting them tee off before you on the next hole. Usually, a par 3 is a good time to let another group play through but it can be done at any time.
Play "ready golf" while golfing: This means to prepare how you want to play your next shot and to have your club in hand as soon as it's your turn to hit. Being prepared beforehand is a good habit to form and keeps up the pace of play for everyone on the course.
Rake the bunker if you had to go in one: Smooth out the sand as much as possible. If there is no rake to use, carefully work your club across the sand so no footprints remain. Please leave the rake inside the bunker (about 3 feet from the edge).
After your round of golf, it's customary to shake hands with other players who were in your group.
Never give golfing advice to anyone unless you are asked.