Rules & Regulations


RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE ERINVALE GOLF CLUB

1. SEASONS AND OPERATING HOURS

MEMBERS' SEASON 1st November to 30th April
LOW SEASON 1st May to 31st October
CLUBHOUSE HOURS:
MEMBERS SEASON 06h30 - 23h00
LOW SEASON 07h30 - 21h00
DRIVING RANGE HOURS:
MEMBERS SEASON 07h00 –18h00
LOW SEASON 08h00 - 17h00

*Hours may be adjusted by management on duty

2. GOLF ETIQUETTE

Erinvale

  • Cell phones are not permitted on the course or in the clubhouse except in designated areas. Designated areas include the pro shop, locker rooms, car park and smoking area. Special dispensation for professionals such as doctors can be pre-arranged with management.
  • Allotted time for 18 holes is no more than 4h40min including a compulsory halfway stop of no more than 15 minutes.
  • Do not retrieve balls from demarcated fynbos areas or private gardens as these are protected/prohibited areas.
  • Sandbags or sand bottles are compulsory when playing – please fill your divots, repair your pitch marks and rake bunkers.
  • Carts are not to be driven within 10 meters of green- or tee complexes.
  • Obey the course marshals at all times – failure to do so may result in players being asked to leave the course.
  • Players who have finished a hole must leave the green and cart path adjacent to the green immediately and must not first fill in their scorecards or linger around. If they do not do so they expose themselves to serious injury. The high-risk areas include but are not limited to all the short holes 2,8,12 and 14.
  • Players must not tee off or play any shot until they are certain that the players ahead of them are out of reach and that there is no possibility of reaching the players ahead of them. Failure to adhere to this rule may cause serious injury or even death of a player ahead of them. There are certain high-risk areas where extra caution should be taken where players ahead cannot be seen because of so-called blind spots, in particular but not limited to holes 1, 13, 15 and 17.

IMPORTANT

  • The last two points are not only good etiquette but important rules of the Club. Any member or player indemnifies the Club fully and in all respects against any claim and liability arising from a failure to adhere to these rules.
  • General

    • No one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.
    • The player who has the honor should be allowed to play before his opponent or fellow-competitor tees his ball.
    • All players must be aware of others on the course and shout the word ‘fore’ to warn others if necessary.
    • Players must play without undue delay.
    • Players searching for a ball must allow faster following players to play through and should not continue their play until these players are out of range.
    • Before leaving a bunker a player should rake the bunker leaving it in better condition than he/she found it.
    • All divots made on fairways and teeing areas should be filled with sand.
    • A player should repair his/her pitch mark and assist the club by repairing any others they might find.
    • The flagstick should be carefully removed and placed on the green and properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.
    • When the play of the hole has been completed the players should leave the green complex immediately.
    • No player should play until the players in front are out of range.


    3. SPEED OF PLAY

    • Players are to keep up with the players ahead at all times and in the interest of all players should play without delay.
    • Time allotted for 18 holes including Half Way stop is NOT more than 4h40 minutes.
    • If a 4 ball falls a hole behind they will be warned by the Course Marshall and upon a second warning, a 2 Stroke penalty may be imposed or thereafter may be requested to leave the Golf Course.
    • Unless playing in a medal competition round, players must pick up the ball when they can no longer score.
    • Players searching for a ball should allow other players coming up to pass them: they should signal to the players following them to pass; and should not continue their play until those players have passed and are out of range.


    4. ACCESS TO THE GOLF COURSE

    • It is compulsory for players to register with the Pro Shop before the commencement of play.
    • Players must report to the Pro Shop ready to go onto the tee at least 10 minutes before their tee-off time. If they are late they may forfeit their tee-off time.
    • No person may play golf on the Golf Course without the approval of the Pro Shop. Persons entering the Golf Course do so at their own risk.

    ACCESS TO THE GOLF COURSE BY NON-PLAYERS

    Non-playing Members and their guests, Homeowners and their tenants, guests and invitees are encouraged to use the designated walking trails on Erinvale in preference to walking on the Golf Course because the walking trails are safer and conflict with golfers is avoided. However, it is understood that this is not always practical Access to the Golf Course is therefore permitted as a general rule at the following times:

    High Season (November - April) before 07h00 and after 19h00
    Low Season (May-October) before 08h00 and after 18h00
    • Notwithstanding the times given above, non-players may walk ahead of the first players booked for 18 holes in the mornings and behind the last players booked for 9 holes in the afternoon, provided that they maintain at least one hole between themselves and the players. The times of these bookings can be obtained by phoning the Pro Shop.
    • During times when access is permitted to non-players, there may be players on the golf course and non-players must be vigilant for their own safety.
    • It is advised that walking over the blind rises on the 1st , 13th, 15th and 17th fairways by non-players could be dangerous and should be avoided, because they may be unsighted by golfers whose shots are in range from the 13th, 15th and 17th tees.
    • Non-players are encouraged to walk against the normal flow of play (i.e. 9th to 8th to 7th etc.) as a safety precaution.
    • During times when access is permitted, non-players may use the cart paths, the rough and out-of-bounds areas and may cross the fairways when golfers are not playing or readying themselves to play their shots. No non-player may walk on any green or tee or in any bunker or water hazard on the Golf Course.
    • No person shall walk their dogs on any green or tee or in any bunker or water hazard on the Golf Course. Dogs shall be kept on a leash and any droppings shall be removed immediately.
    • Children under 10 years of age may not enter the Golf Course unless accompanied by an adult or playing golf with the Club's consent.

    NB – The onus of responsibility lies with homeowners to inform tenants, invitees, domestic workers and all others associated with their property of the rules pertaining to golf course access. The golf club will not accept any responsibility for injury to person or damage to property when accessing the golf course.

    5. PLAY AFTER NORMAL PLAYING HOURS

    • Members and their accompanied guests are entitled to play one or more holes after normal play, if they first obtain permission by phoning the Pro Shop and pay the applicable green fees. The Member is responsible for payment of green fees for any of his/her guests.
    • NO PERSON may play golf on the Golf Course after hours without the prior approval of the Pro Shop.
    • NO play is permitted before 07h00.
    • As non-players are permitted to enter the Golf Course after normal playing hours, players are requested to exercise special vigilance when playing after hours.


    6. PRACTICE

    • Nobody may practice chipping onto the greens on the course, nor may anyone practice putting on these greens at any time
      other than as permitted during a Competition Round under Rule 7-2 of the Rules of Golf. .
    • When playing a practice round, a player may have a maximum of two (2) balls in play, which must be played
      continuously, according to the rules provided that other players are not delayed.


    7. HANDICAPS

    • A maximum handicap of 30 for men and 36 for ladies is permissible at ERINVALE. Players who are beginners or have higher handicaps than stipulated are required to make an appointment with the Director of Golf to be assessed before playing golf so that special instructions and playing times can be arranged if necessary.
    • All play at Erinvale Golf club is subject to the Rules of Golf as published by the R&A from time to time and in addition Competitions will be subject to the Handicap Regulations as published by the SAGA from time to time.


    8. RESERVATION OF TEE-OFF TIMES

    General Stipulations

    • Members may book one week in advance, preferred tour operators six months, and corporates one year.
    • A member may invite a specific guest (person) to play as his / her accompanied guest 3 times per month at the preferential member’s guest fee. There is no limit to how many times per week the guest may play at this rate, as long as the total amount does not exceed 3 in a calendar month. Any subsequent golf exceeding the 3 times per month, will be played at the full visitor’s rate, subject to availability. Please note that the specific guest may only play the maximum of 3 times at this rate, regardless of how many different members they are invited by. The responsibility lies with the member to ensure the regulation is adhered to. In members season, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays will be members only in the mornings and afternoons. The discretion lies with the Director of Golf to allow members guests on these days only if there is no waiting list for members in these fields.
    • If there are gaps in the field within 48hrs of tee-times, visitors will be accommodated at the discretion of the Director of Golf, on Tuesday after Eagles, and on Thursday and Saturday mornings.
    • All Club Major Trophy, Monthly Medal, and Ladies Trophy competitions are restricted to Members only.
    • Corporate days in the Members Season will be restricted to existing long-term commitments including ECHO and Cipla Medpro. The corporate season is otherwise restricted to dates from mid-March to end November each year.
    • The financial / playing ban penalties for “no-shows” will be adjudicated by the Tournament Committee. These penalties will apply throughout the High / Members Season. (See also 5. below)
    • Voting members who have relinquished their playing rights for the year to a nominee are not entitled to secure access to the course for that period. Such members may play a maximum of one round per month as a member’s guest where after they will be charged the full visitor’s rate to play regardless of whom they are playing with.
    • The following members shall be entitled to book two tee-off times per paid membership per week. Where applicable such bookings shall be subject to all the requirements set out above:

    ERINVALE ESTATE HOTEL
    ALBOURNE GUESTHOUSE
    GOLF RESORTS
    GLEN ABBEY
    CORPORATE MEMBERSHIPS

    Members Season

    • TUESDAY AM LADIES - Members will be allowed one guest in consultation with the Ladies Captain
    • TUESDAY PM EAGLES - Members may book one guest limited to the amount allocated as per the Eagles Booking Sheet.
    • THURSDAY AND SATURDAY COMPETITIONS – There will be one (whole-day) competition. AM – Members may book one guest except for Major Competitions which will be members only. PM – is members only – no guests allowed. Prize giving early evening at approximately 19h30 presented by the Captain or Director of Golf.
    • MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SUNDAY - There will always be a two-tee start with AM and PM fields. Member’s times will be allocated from 08h00-09h10 and 13h00-14h10 on the 1st tee only. Members are not limited to these times, but they are secured for members use only. Erinvale Hotel, approved guest houses, certain tour operators may book outside these times, up to six months ahead, within the total tee-time allocation agreed.
    • Visitors may book one week in advance outside of member’s times as stipulated herein.

    Low Season

    • Only one competition pm Thursday and Saturday.
    • Members may have 3 guests at any time at winter rates.(excludes Majors and Monthly Medals)
    • Visitors may play at any time, excluding Club Competitions.


    9. CANCELLATION OF TEE-OFF RESERVATION

    • Members who fail to present themselves for a time that they have booked for themselves and any guests will be charged at the member’s guest rate for their own and their guests missed booking, unless they have cancelled at least 24 hours before the tee-off time.
    • Cancellations should be made well ahead of time. For competition days the pro-shop must be informed at least 24 hours before. Bookings should not be cancelled on the day of the competition unless there is a valid excuse.
    • If a visitor cancels on the day he/she will be charged the full price for their booking. Visitors and guests not accompanied by a member are required to make payment or provide credit card details when making their bookings and will be charged the full visitors’ rate should they fail to present themselves.


    10. GOLF CARTS

    NO PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MAY HIRE OR DRIVE A GOLF CART ON CLUB PROPERTY.

    Erinvale Roads

    • Motorised golf carts may only be driven on Erinvale roads subject to the guidelines as published by the Erinvale Home Owners Association.

    Golf Course

    • As an exception to the 18 year age restriction above, members of Erinvale Golf Club, who are over 14 years of age but not yet 18and older, may drive a motorised golf cart on the golf course. An indemnity form must be signed by the legal guardian of the minor and lodged with the Home Owners Association to entitle him/her to use a cart on the course.

    General

    • Golf carts must be driven on the cart paths at all times, unless there is a local rule to the contrary. Players and non-players must check the local rule with the Pro Shop before driving on the course with a golf cart if they are not certain of the ruling.
    • Golf carts must not be driven within 10 meters of the greens and tees unless on the cart paths. This rule applies not only to the front of the greens and tees but also to behind and to the sides of greens and tees.
    • A maximum of two golf carts per 4ball is allowed on the course unless a special arrangement has been made with the Club.
    • All privately owned carts are to be registered through the Club, whereupon a designated number will be issued, which is to be displayed permanently at all times.
    • Members are notified that the owner must insure privately owned golf carts.

    All players hiring a golf cart are required to sign the Hire and Disclaimer Agreement. It is a condition of the hire of a Golf Cart that the use of such Cart shall be entirely at the Hirer's risk. Neither the Erinvale Golf Club nor any of their staff or office bearers shall be responsible for the injury to any person or damage to any property or any other loss or damage which may arise from the use of a Golf Cart. A Hirer, by his signature thereof, undertakes to indemnify Erinvale Golf Club from any liability in respect of any injury, loss or damage arising from the use thereof.

    11. COMPETITIONS

    • Score cards must be handed in at the Pro Shop directly after the completion of play.
    • Competition score cards must be correctly completed and signed by both player and marker, otherwise the player will be disqualified.
    • In the event of a tie, the following procedures will be used to determine the winner:


    • Club Championships

    Gross Score
    In the event of a tied winning gross score in any division for the annual Club Championships, the winner will be determined by a sudden death play-off. The play-off will take place on holes 10,17,9 until an outright winner can be determined. The winner will be the first player to record a lower gross score on any of the above-mentioned holes. If no result can be achieved due to weather conditions or any other problems, the play-off will be postponed to the first available Saturday following the Club Championships.

    Net Score
    In the case of a tie for the Net prizes, the player with the lower handicap wins the count out. If the players have the same handicap the back nine (holes 10-18) gross score determines the winner. If the back nine scores are equal the count out is then determined by the player with the lowest gross score on individual holes beginning with stroke index 1.

    • Individual Medal/Monthly Medal

    Gross Score
    In the event of a tied winning best gross score, the winner will be the highest handicap. If the players have the same handicap, the back nine (holes 10-18) gross score determines the winner. If the back nine scores are equal the count out is then determined by the player with the lowest gross score on individual holes beginning with stroke index 1.

    Net Score
    In the case of a tie for the Net prizes, the player with the lower handicap wins the count out. If the players have the same handicap the back nine (holes 10-18) lowest gross score determines the winner. If the back nine scores are equal the count out is then determined by the player with the lowest gross score on individual holes beginning with stroke index 1.

    • Betterball Medal /Combined Medal/ Alliance Medal

    In a case of a tie the Alliance/Betterball score on the odd or even holes (determined by the date) are added and the team with the best Net score wins the count out. If the scores remain tied the best back 9 hole Alliance/Betterball Net score will determine the winner. If the scores still remain tied the Alliance/Betterball team with the lowest combined handicap wins the count out. If the combined handicaps are equal the count out is then determined by the Alliance team with the best Alliance/Betterball Net score on individual holes beginning with stroke index 1.

    • Stableford and Bogey Competitions

    In a case of a tie the stableford/bogey score on the odd or even holes (determined by the date) are added and the team with the most points wins the count out. If the scores remain tied the total back 9 (holes 10-18) stableford/bogey score will determine the winner. If the scores still remain tied the player/team with the lowest (combined) handicap wins the count out. If the handicaps are equal the count out is then determined by the player/ team with the most stableford/bogey points on individual holes beginning with stroke index 1.

    • Foursomes/ Greensomes/ Scramble Competitions

    In the case of a tie for these competitions, the players with the lowest combined handicaps win the count out. If the players have the same combined handicaps, the back nine (holes 10-18) gross score determines the winner. If the back nine scores are equal the count out is then determined by the players with the lowest gross score on individual holes beginning with stroke index 1.



    Match play Competitions

    • Lowest handicap must play off scratch with the opponent/s adjusting accordingly.
    • All match play competitions are to start on the 10th tee.
    • In case of a tie after 18 holes, a match should continue down the 10th, 11th 12th etc until a winner is determined.
    • If a match cannot be completed due to failing light, weather or any other unusual condition, the match should be replayed as soon as possible.
    • Players on the top of the draw are responsible for arranging the game.
    • Two dates to be offered to the opposition, before due date of completion of the round.
    • If no result is achieved, the players on the bottom of the draw may claim a walk-over.
    • Any disputes to be taken up with the Director of Golf. His decision in such disputes will be final.
    • Members are requested to arrange games and book tee times timeously as no extensions will be granted!



    12. DRESS CODE FOR GOLF COURSE, DRIVING RANGE AND CLUBHOUSE

    The Club’s intention is to uphold quality dress sense at all times. These guidelines are set to assist Members, Guests and the Management of your Club.

    THE DISCRETION OF APPROPRIATE DRESS VESTS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE CLUB.

    ON COURSE - GENTLEMEN (Including non-players)

    • Recognized golf footwear with soft spikes
    • Tailored long trousers
    • Tailored golf shorts
    • Cargo style tailored golf pants with flat pockets
    • Sport socks (any color)
    • Recognized golf shirt or polo neck
    • Shirt with collar and sleeves
    • Shirt tucked into shorts/trousers with exception of shirts designed to be worn outside trousers
    • Golf caps with peak to the front (exception for very windy conditions)



    NOT PERMITTED

    • Metal spikes
    • Running shoes
    • Sleeveless or collarless shirts or t-shirts
    • Denim shorts or denim trousers
    • Running shorts, rugby shorts, draw-string trousers or draw-string shorts
    • Tracksuits
    • Rugby shirts


    LADIES (Including non-players)

    • Recognized golf footwear with soft spikes
    • Tailored skirt or trousers
    • Golf shorts
    • Recognized golf shirt or polo necks



    NOT PERMITTED

    • Metal spikes
    • Running shoes
    • Denim shorts or denim trousers
    • Running shorts, athletic shorts, draw-string trousers, draw-string short
    • Tracksuits
    • Sun tops


    IN THE CLUBHOUSE - GENTLEMEN

    UPSTAIRS

    • Smart Casual (smart jeans permitted)
    • Closed shoes and moccasins - No golf shoes allowed
    • Shirt with collar and sleeves
    • Tailored shorts until 19h00



    DOWNSTAIRS

    • Casual Attire



    NOT PERMITTED IN CLUBHOUSE

    • Running shorts, athletic shorts, draw-string trousers, draw-string shorts
    • Slip-on type beach footwear
    • Beachwear
    • Golfing Headgear
    • Jogging gear
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • T-shirts


    IN THE CLUBHOUSE-LADIES

    UPSTAIRS

    • Smart Casual (smart jeans permitted)



    DOWNSTAIRS

    • Casual Attire



    NOT PERMITTED IN CLUBHOUSE

    • Running shorts, athletic shorts, draw-string trousers, draw-string shorts
    • Slip-on type beach footwear
    • Beachwear
    • Jogging gear
    • T-shirts Gym / Exercise gear
    • Track Suits


    13. FOOD AND BEVERAGE

    • Members and their guests are reminded that no food or beverage items may be brought into the club and consumed on the club’s premises. This includes all areas of the golf club, including but not limited to the club house, the function facilities, the club’s terrace, the parking areas and the golf course.”