Etiquette and dress regulations
for the Southport Golf Club

Dress Regulations

Members and visitors are expected to uphold the dress regulations in keeping with the standard of Southport Golf Club.

  • No metal spikes allowed.
  • In consideration to others, please ensure mobile phones are switched to vibrate mode in the clubhouse. It is not permitted to make or recieve calls on the course unless a medical emergency exists. Use of a mobile phone for other purposes is permitted as long as no delay to play or disturbance to golfers is caused.



Within the clubhouse neat and smart casual attire is acceptable.

On the course and practice facilities collared shirts must be tucked in and may incorporate a small logo. Dress shorts or trousers worn with a belt. Golf shoes (no metal spikes) with sport socks of a solid colour.


Denim, track suits, draw shorts, football jumpers, t-shirts, singlets, open toe footwear, hats on in clubhouse,  clothing  with large advertising material.



Neat and smart casual attire is acceptable.


Denim, track suits, rugby jumpers, t-shirts, singlets, thongs, hats on in the clubhouse, clothing with large advertising material or bare midriffs.

Local Rules:

To be read in conjunction with Rules of Golf and any temporary local rules displayed on the TV screens outside the golf shop.

Out of Bounds (Rule 27-1).

  • Beyond any fence bounding the golf course
  • Beyond white stakes with black tops
  • Beyond white squares with black dots on the kerb LHS of the entry road. A ball which crosses the LHS kerb of the entry road, and comes to rest beyond that point is out of bounds, even though it might lie on another part of the course

Water Hazards and Lateral Water Hazards (Rule 26).

  • Water hazards: defined by yellow stakes or lines
  • Lateral water hazards: defined by red stakes or lines

Drop Zones.

  • A ball entering the water hazard behind the 4th or 15th  green defined by blue stakes may be dropped in the nearest designated drop zone under penalty of one stroke.
  • Cart path rear of 5th green.

Ground Under Repair (Rule 25).

  • Defined by white stakes, lines or signs
  • White painted tree roots
  • Clearly defined deep wheel ruts
  • Erosion in bunkers
  • Gardens and hedges are NOT GUR unless so marked

Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2 ).

  • Stakes defining water hazards and GUR
  • Safety screens
  • Tree protection screens
  • Staked trees and shrubs
  • Traffic directional signs, posts and ropes and 150 metre markers
  • Sprinkler heads, close to green, specimen local rule 4 applies (page 146)
  • Retaining Walls

Movable Obstructions.

  • Stones in bunkers. Rule 24-1 applies

Embedded Ball – Relief extended to through the green

  • The specimen local rule on page 142  is in effect

Penalty for Breach of Local Rules.

  • Stroke play-two strokes
  • Match play- loss of hole


If mobile phones are switched on they must be on vibrate mode only. It is not permitted to make or recieve calls on the course unless a medical emergency exists. Use of a mobile phone for other purposes is permitted as long as no delay to play or disturbance to golfers is caused.

Course Care:

The following points are provided to assist the upkeep of the course and ensure that you and your fellow golfers have an enjoyable round of golf:


Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made.

  1. Always enter the bunker at the lowest point.
  2. Rake bunker. Use forks of rake in base of bunker.
  3. Use smooth side of rake for face and entry.
  4. Place rake at entry of bunker with yellow section of handle against entry lip when finished.
Bunker Etiquette

Repairing Divots

Divots – video guide (below)

  1. If divot is in one piece, replace.
  2. Knock in all sides of the edge of the divot with your club.
  3. Fill the divot with sand.

Repairing Ball-Marks

Ball Marks – video guide (below)

  1. Always start at the back of the mark and push forward with the repairer.
  2. Use repairer around all sides and slowly ease turf toward the centre of the mark. Do not lift the soil upwards.
  3. Lightly tap down with putter.
  4. Your completed repair should look like this.

Damage to Greens

Flagsticks, Bags etc. Players should ensure that, when putting down bags, or the flagstick, no damage is done to the putting green, and that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to it in handling the flagstick or in removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green. Handling the flag – video guide (below)

  1. Don’t drop the flagstick on the putting surface as it will cause damage.
  2. Always lower the flagstick by hand
  3. Avoid damage to surrounds by placing the stick in the centre of the cup

Removing Ball Players are requested to NOT  use their putter to remove their golf ball from the hole.

Golf Buggy Etiquette