Starter Pack – Information for New Members
guidelines are primarily to ensure the game is enjoyable for all and many of
them relate to the safety of players, the pace of the game and maintaining the
quality of the golf course,
We are delighted that you have chosen to become a member of this
well established club.
This guide sets out the information you need to know about how we operate, the rules
and etiquette of the club, our competition fixtures and social events.
The club offers an excellent bar and restaurant service. These facilities are also
available for private functions and availability can be discussed with the
Office Manager, Lorraine
A snooker room is also available as well as access to a fully stocked, club run golf
shop. Members’ are encouraged to make full use of these facilities.
If you require to make contact with any Club committee members or Convenors you
will find full details in the club diary. The Office Manager, Lorraine Donnell,
will also be available to assist you at the Golf Club on 02881661466 Ext4. The
Office opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Fridays 9am to 2pm.
McMorran Joan McCaffrey
Captain 2021 Lady Captain 2021
not swing your club until you know that others in your group are at a safe
keep your distance when others are swinging. Be aware to steer clear of any
practising your swing, never swing in the direction of another player. There
may be pebbles or twigs or other matter in the grass that could fly up and injure
not hit the ball until you are certain that the group ahead of you is out of
your ball appears headed toward another player or players give them the
recognised warning by shouting ‘FORE!’. Your shout must be loud enough to be
heard by the person in danger and early enough for them to react to the
the safety regulations suggested in golf buggies and drive carefully.
throw clubs in anger. In addition to being childish, it could also be
please! Stay still and never talk during another player’s swing.
not yell out following a shot. Even if boisterous behaviour doesn’t bother your
playing partners, there are other people on the course who may be within
aware of your shadow on the putting green. Don’t stand in a place that makes a
shadow across another player’s putting line or distracts them in any way.
walk through another player’s putting line. Step over the putting line, or walk
around behind the ball or ball marker.
another player is about to putt remain quiet and don’t move until the ball is
on its way.
the round moving by being prepared to hit your shot when it is your turn. You
probably don’t like waiting on other groups — don’t make other groups wait on
player who is away hits first in a group. However, in friendly matches (as
opposed to tournament play), this rule can be ignored in favour of ‘ready
golf’- players hit as they are ready. All players should agree to ready golf
before it is put into effect.
not spend too much time looking for a lost ball, particularly if there is a
group behind you ready to play. If you insist on taking the three full minutes
allotted in the rule book to look for each ball, golf etiquette says to wave up
the group behind and allow them to play through.
try to keep pace with the group ahead of you. If space opens up ahead of you,
allow a faster group to play through.
leave the putting green as soon as your group has finished putting. Do not
update scorecards or look for something in you bag while the group behind may
be waiting to play.
two players in a buggy hit to opposite sides of a hole, drive to the first ball
and drop off the player with the club, then drive to the second ball. After
both players hit, meet up further down the hole.
walking from your buggy to the ball, take a couple of clubs with you. Taking
only one club, then having to return to the buggy to retrieve a different club,
is a huge time waster.
your divots in the fairway.
your ball marks on the green and any others that you come across.
rake sand bunkers after hitting to erase your footprints and damage to the area
where your ball was.
taking a divot on a practice swing especially on tee boxes.
drop litter on the course and lift any rubbish you find.
buggy rules. Some courses will post ‘cart path only’ rules and others will ask
you to follow the course signs. Keep buggies away from greens and hazards. The
wheels on buggies can do damage to sensitive areas.
is unique in that the players must regulate themselves – you will not be
followed around by a rules official. The onus is on the player to know and to
honour the rules. You should know the basic rules of golf or else you must play
with someone who does. There are free rulebooks available in the shop and the R&A
Rules of Golf app can be downloaded free on to your phone. Study the
rules and test yourself from time to time.
that can happen on a golf course will eventually happen and sometimes even the
most well-versed golfer may not know which rule to apply. Make a note and query
the situation at the shop or with a Competitions Committee member BEFORE you
sign your card.
Club has a strong social dimension, a Snooker Club, Bridge Club and a range of
are held throughout the year. These include Captain’s Night, Lady Captain’s
New Years Eve and Burns Night. Details Of these events are posted in the
and on our Club Website.
this is a social club we rely on members’ support. In addition to attending the
consider supporting Our fundraising draws, assisting to obtain sponsorship or
to the success of the club in kind. All of this is required to develop the
course and clubhouse for the greater enjoyment of Members.
contact our Office Manager for current rates, renewals and further information.
may pay your annual subscription by any Of the following methods:
Monthly Direct Debit – Form Available from
Office (Premium Credit Ltd)
Membership application form for all categories is available from the Office or
your Membership has been accepted and you have been interviewed you will be
with a bag tag and Golf Ireland handicap card. These should be available for
by club officials at all times.
golf handicap should reflect your true ability. New players will be required to
return three 18 hole scorecards, marked by a Golf Ireland handicap holder.
These should be returned in an envelope marked ‘For Handicap’ to the Club
office. If you have previously been a Member of another club we will seek
evidence of the playing handicap held at this time.
your handicap has been set, it will be subject to the World Handicap System and
will be automatically updated and adjusted each time you submit a score in a
club competition. It is also possible to submit a score outside a competition.
In some limited circumstances the Club can adjust your handicap e.g. after
Tee booking times
daily timesheet for main competitions and charity fundraising events is
online Booking System (BRS). Entry fees will vary depending on the event.
Should you need to cancel your time slot this should be done at the earliest
opportunity to allow other users to be accommodated.
Range & Short Skills Area
practice range and Golf Academy is available for use all year round. The dress
applies to users of the practice green. Access may be restricted at certain
the Junior & Ladies Golf coaching programmes and Other such programmes.
and Bag storage
are available for rent (currently £16 per year). Please advise the Office
would like to be allocated a locker.
Golf Club arrangements
neighbouring golf clubs, Omagh, Strabane and Fintona offer reduced rates to
of Newtownstewart Golf club. Details are available on request.
rules are detailed on the Competition scorecards and may be posted on notice
– for example if conditions are particularly wet then lift, clean and place may
be allowed. Members should always check these before play.
PGA coaching service is available at the practice ground. Individual and group
technique and course play can be booked with PGA Coach Noel Callan.
club runs a junior golf programme. This usually operates from May to September
for children from 9 years upwards. Details of the annual programme are
Junior Convenor Karen Ballantine and from the Office.
web addresses are useful starting points to find further information you will
club’s own Homepage
Homepage on Facebook – you may need an account
Ireland is the single governing body for golf on this island.
will need the Golf Ireland app to access your Handicap information and
calculate your playing handicap on any given day and course. Elsewhere on their
website you can find articles like this one about the new World Handicap System.
definitive Rules of Golf are here:
can download the R&A Rules of Golf app from the Apple or
is full of short training videos for golfers. Beware though – it will suggest
loads of other relevant and often very irrelevant videos to watch. Here’s one
respectfully draw your attention to our DRESS CODE
following items are Not Acceptable on the course or in the
or jeans with patches, holes, frayed hems, split knees.
or leisure suits.
tee shirts or singlets.
shirts with or without team logos, football shorts and jackets representing
other sports clubs unless Golf related.
Trousers or Shorts
Garments of any type
wearing any of the above items will not be permitted to gain access to the
course, the bar or the restaurant
footwear is to be worn on the course at all times for reasons of health and
worn on the course must not be worn in the clubhouse except in the locker
shorts are allowed on the course and in the clubhouse.
and visitors attending any presentation functions to receive a prize are
expected to be smartly dressed.
members of Council & the golf shop proprietor will strictly enforce the
AND VISITORS ARE ASKED TO COMPLY FULLY WITH THIS DRESS CODE
ORDER TO AVOID EMBARRASSMENT