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Blitzer
04-07-2009, 12:28
<hr style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(51, 51, 51);" size="1"> <!-- / icon and title --> <!-- message --> * Each player shall furnish his own equipment for play. Normally one club and two (2) balls.

* Play on a course must be approved by the owner of the holes.

* Owner of the course must approve the equipment before play can begin. If the equipment is old and the club shaft is rusty the course owner is always willing to assist in polishing and lubricating the shaft to an acceptable standard.

* For most effective play, the club must have a firm shaft. Course owners are permitted to check the shaft stiffness before play begins using the stiff-o-meter and if they find it does not reach the required level will offer the player various treatments to restore the stiffness of the shaft. **NB...in some cases this may incur additional fees

* Course owners reserve the right to restrict the shaft length to avoid any damage to the course.

* Unlike normal golf, the aim is to get the club into the hole, while keeping the balls out.

* The object of the game is to take as many strokes as deemed necessary until the course owner is satisfied that play is complete. Failure to do so may result in being denied permission to play the course in the future.

* It is considered bad form to begin playing the hole immediately upon arrival at the course. The experienced player will normally take time to admire the entire course with special attention being given to the well formed bunkers.

* Players are cautioned not to mention other courses they may have played or are currently playing to the owner of the course being played. Upset course owners have been known to damage a players equipment for this reason.

* Players should assure themselves that their match has been properly scheduled, particularly when a new course is being played for the first time. Previous players have been known to become irate if they discover someone else playing what they consider to be a private course.

* Players should not assume a course is in shape for play at all times. Some players may be embarrassed if they find the course to be temporarily under repair. Players are advised to be extremely tactful in this situation. More advanced players will find alternate means of play when this is the case.

* Players are advised to obtain the course owners permission before attempting to play the back nine.

* Slow play is encouraged, however, players should be prepared to proceed at a quicker pace, at least temporarily, at the request of the course owner.

* It is considered outstanding performance, time permitting, to play the same hole several times in one match.

* The course owner will be the sole judge as to who is the best player.

* Players are advised to think twice before considering membership at a given course. Additional fees may be levied by the course owner, and the rules are subject to change. For this reason many players prefer to continue to try out several different courses.

* Over time, a portfolio of favoured courses will emerge and the player may be offered discounted fees by the various course owners if they return to play these courses on a regular basis.

* Before play commences it is recommended a player walks the course to familiarise himself with the layout paying particular attention to the "greens". There are times when the "greens" may become discoloured. This can happen as often as once a month and if you should find such discolouration it is recommended you do not play and leave the course to recover which usually takes 3 to 4 days. Also when assessing whether the course is playable, ensure you check each hole (cup) for any obstruction or deposit left by a previous player.

* Although this is an indoor sport, surprisingly the course can often still get quite wet. Players are encouraged to have proper rain gear with them and a towel and adequate protection for the club. The course owner will normally have suitable protection available for all club sizes for an additional fee.

* Players should not worry if they play the occasional air shot. The chances are the course owner will not have seen it. Even when a player is using their course they can be on the mobile phone talking to other course owners or their regular players. The player should stay calm, line up his club, adjusting his grip on the shaft and aim to reach the gully in the center of the fairway.