Golfer Etiquette and Safety
Victoria, Riverside, and Rundle Golf Courses
Safety is a Priority
At the City of Edmonton Golf Course Operations, we are committed to the prevention of golf ball injuries while fostering good relations between customers and on-course staff. We need your help to ensure a safe environment for you to enjoy and for our workers who maintain the golf course.
Employee Safety And You
- At golf courses, maintenance equipment and workers have the right-of-way.
- On-course staff are identifiable by reflective high visibility clothing.
When maintenance equipment and workers are in the range of your next shot, these are the procedures you need to know:
For Early Morning Golfers
Our on-course staff begins working early in the morning and they are committed to providing a quality product for your golfing enjoyment.
But, in order to accomplish this task, our greens mowers and hole changer need to work efficiently and stay ahead of the players.
If you are an early morning golfer, you may encounter our staff cutting a green and changing the flagstick location for the day.
We ask that you have some patience, wait a few moments, let us finish our task and move out of the way.
Remember do not hit onto the green if the flagstick is out.
Once the green is cut, the flagstick returned, and our workers are out of the way, it is then safe to hit on to the green.
During Your Round Of Golf
For greens, fairways, sand traps, greens surround areas, and irrigation repairs:
- Maintenance equipment and workers have the right-of-way on the golf course.
- The equipment operator will stop the machine and wait for your shot. If there seems to be some confusion, the worker will wave for play to continue or move away from the area.
You Need To Know
Golfers may be held responsible for any personal injury or damage to equipment and property (City owned or privately owned) as a result of not adhering to these safety procedures.
Safety Tips For You
- If at any time you or another member of your group loses control or sight of a shot, warn others by shouting, fore.
- If you hear someone yell fore, take appropriate steps to protect yourself as quickly as possible.
- Always stand well behind the person hitting their ball.
- Know your clubs. Take the time to know how far you tend to hit a ball with each club in your bag.
- Do not hit until the group ahead is safely out of range.
Golfer EtiquetteThese golf etiquette tips are standard conduct for all golfers while on any course, and also will help to speed up play.
On the tee:
- Keep carts and golf bags off the tee box and greens.
- Warm up with practice swings before stepping onto the tee.
- Have your club selection ready.
- Limit yourself to 2 practice swings.
- Short distance hitters should tee off first.
- Replace all divots (from practice swings also).
- Clean the tee deck of broken tees.
On the fairways:
- Move to your ball quickly.
- Decide on your shot and make your club selection as you approach your ball.
- Limit yourself to 2 practice swings.
- Assist fellow players by watching where their ball goes to avoid losing balls.
- Hit a provisional ball in case there is a chance that your ball is lost or out of bounds.
- Keep pace with the group directly in front of you.
- Once you reach double par on any hole, pick up your ball and proceed to the green.
On the green:
- Park the pull carts and power carts on the cart paths and in the direction of the next tee before putting.
- Repair your own and someone else's ball mark.
- Do not step in someone else's line (their ball's path to the hole).
- Lay the flagstick on the green away from the putting area.
- Line up your putt while others are putting out.
- To speed up play on the green, try continuous putting. Once you start, continue until you hole out.
- Take your ball out of the cup immediately after sinking your putt.
- Do not use your putter to remove the ball from the cup.
- Replace the flag and move quickly off the green. Record your score at the next tee.
On the course:
- Replace divots, rake sand traps and repair ball marks.
- Abide by directional signs and the requests of golf course staff.
- Limit practicing on tee boxes or putting surfaces.
- Keep power carts out of roped off areas.
- Do not hit a ball out of areas marked "ground under repair". Move your ball out of the area, and then make your shot.
- Limit your search for lost golf balls to 2 minutes when the course is busy.
Power and pull carts:
- Keep all pull carts and power carts off tee boxes, out of sand traps and 30 feet from the edge of greens.
- Keep power carts on paths or in the rough where possible.
- Volunteer Player Assistants are available to assist you with golf etiquette and safety awareness.
- Volunteer Player Assistants and golf course staff have the authority to enforce golf etiquette, and facility policies and procedures.
- Individuals may be held responsible for any personal injury to a person(s), damage to equipment and property (City owned or privately owned) when using this facility.