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General Rules of Play & Etiquette


May be subject to change on the instructions of the Captain’s Committee, Office or Pro Shop. Please refer Starting Points Grid on a later page.

Monday Medal/Stableford: The Starting Points Grid applies. Must be played in 2 or 3-balls. 2-balls have no priority. Any 4-ball must play better ball format.


A member without an official CONGU handicap must submit at least 3 Mid Herts cards marked and signed by a member for allocation of a handicap.


To enter a Supplementary Card for handicap purposes, a player must sign his/her intent to do so in the appropriate book in the Pro Shop before playing and is requested to write “For Handicap” on the top of the card before submitting it. The card must be marked by another member of the Club. 

  • Junior members may play after 12.00 on Saturday and Sunday during the winter months and after 12.30 on Saturday and Sunday through the summer months. Those with a Club handicap of 12 or less may also play on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
  • Associate members may play before 12.00 on Sundays on payment of the appropriate green fee.
  • Five-day members may play at weekends on payment of the appropriate green fee.
  • Five-day members may, after 12.30 on Sunday, introduce a guest at the appropriate green fee.

On weekend days when Men’s singles stroke play (Medal, Stableford and Bogey) competitions, except for the Summer Stableford Series, or foursomes competitions (Silver Goblets and President’s Plates) are held, fourball games may not be played, except that matches in club fourball knock-out competitions (Bowen Trophies, Berry Bowls) may start from 3 pm using the fourball starting point.  Greensomes knockouts (Paulian Jugs) may be played at any time on these days. 

Fourball play is permitted on all other weekend days, including those on which Summer Stableford Series competitions take place.


Summer is defined as the period starting from the date on which the clocks change in March to that on which the clocks change in October. The rest of the year is Winter.


All tee reservations for any match, competition, corporate or society must be respected at all times, including when those groups are passing other starting tees.

The Club management, in order to allow large societies, has the discretion to amend/override the normal starting points.

Play from the White Tees is available to Gentlemen members and their guests at all times, otherwise the Yellow Tees are the ‘Tees of the Day’. Outside competitions, and in the best interests of golf enjoyment, Gentlemen members and guests may, if so desired, play from Red tees and Ladies may play from Yellow tees.

Inter-club matches and those groups playing Greensomes shall use the assigned fourball starting points.

Members playing on a Wednesday afternoon should check at the Pro Shop and start their round at a place that best avoids delay to those playing in the Wednesday evening Eclectic competition.

Single players may, if they wish, play one or two balls, but they must not delay the play of other players.

Priority on the course is determined by a group's pace of play. Faster groups, irrespective of size, should be invited to pass slower groups. The term “group” includes a single player. If a gap of one hole occurs between groups, the group behind should be invited through.

Cars may only be driven to the practice ground for a lesson with a club Professional.

Golf bags are not allowed in the lounge and nor should golf bags, golf shoes and holdalls be left in the lounge, entrance hall or lobby to the changing rooms.

Please keep mobile phones on silent. Any conversations should be made outside the clubhouse or in the car park; they may only be used on the course in the event of a medical emergency. 

  • Members must obtain a green fee ticket when introducing guests and pay the appropriate fee before playing.
  • A member may introduce up to three guests on any day, except those weekend days on which fourball play is not permitted (see “Fourball Play at Weekends”) when the limit is two guests, but must play with them. At weekends and public holidays this will be subject to course availability and the introducing member must be eligible to play at such times.
  • No one guest may be introduced at reduced rates more than six times in any one year.
  • A social member may play at the member’s guest rate up to a maximum of six times in any one year. Additional rounds will be charged at visitors’ rates.
  • Members are asked to treat all other course users with courtesy and respect. Please report any unwelcome incidents on the course to the Captain or the General Manager, rather than trying to deal with it at the time. Reports should include the name(s) of the person(s) involved and the time of the incident so that they can be followed up.
  • Please remember greens staff have priority before 8.30am. Please also be aware of non-players on the course especially the footpath by the 9th and anywhere on holes 1 – 6 and 10 – 18.
  • Please start your round at the designated starting tees unless otherwise informed by Pro Shop staff. As a matter of general good manners please always consider the following to enable you and all your fellow golfers to fully enjoy your game:
  • Always allow faster groups the opportunity to come through - especially 2 balls.
  • If you are looking for a lost ball and there are players waiting to play behind you, please allow these players the opportunity to play through.
  • Please replace divots on the fairways, repair divots on the tees and pitch marks on the greens.
  • Please avoid taking your trolley and/or buggy between the greens and greenside bunkers.
  • Please tidy bunkers and leave via the back not the face.
  • Always shout “fore” to warn others, golfers or not, if your shot is going close to these people.
  • Take care when the road across the course comes into play, especially when playing across or by the side of holes 1, 6, 10, 11, 14, 15 and 18.  Be mindful that vehicles, horses and walkers use this road.
  • Please wait before teeing off the 1st if there are players putting out on the 6th or the 18th greens.
  • Please determine whether players on the 18th are playing on or not before teeing off the 1st - filter in turn if necessary.
  • When leaving the 2nd green, go to the 3rd tee via the footpath by the side of the house and the boundary hedge - please do not cross in front of the 4th green.
  • The 5th hole is a call-up hole.
  • Please be aware of walkers either on the road or players going to the 15th tee when on the 6th tee. Your view down the fairway is severely restricted.
  • Please take care when teeing off the 10th - there could be players coming from the 9th.
  • When teeing off on the 17th be mindful of players leaving the 2nd green to go to the 3rd tee.

Enjoy your golf!