Rules, Etiquette and Scorecard
Golf is a game with many rules and traditions, and also a number of 'expectations' of players when on the course, this is called 'golfing etiquette' These are actions centred around giving consideration to others on the course and keeping the course in good condition.
Some tips when playing:
Remember, if you don't know a rule or 'expectation', other players may help by pointing them out. This is by far the main way that most people learn all the rules and etiquette!
More information is available at: http://www.nzgolf.org.nz/Article.aspx?ID=1001
Rule books are available from the club.
Hole By Hole Description
The Timaru Golf Club provides a stern test of golf. Small soil based greens, subject in November to strong Nor-west winds, the occasional Southerly or the prevailing North East wind.
Hole One, 347 metres, Par 4
Slightly dog-leg right. Drive to left of fairway bunker leaving short iron to reasonably flat green.
Hole Two, 479 metres, Par 5
Straight hole – out of bounds on right. Very long into southerly. Green flat at back, ridge on right 1/3rd of green will roll ball off green.
Hole Three, 294 metres, Par 4
Slight dog-leg left. Any club from iron to driver depending on wind. Out of bounds on right. Fairway and greenside bunkers on left. Short second to large flat green.
Hole Four, 157 metres, Par 3
Medium iron to the only non-bunkered green on the course, bi-sected by ridge in middle. Elevated on left. Do not short-side if pin on left.
Hole Five, 458 metres, Par 5
Dogleg left. A long drawn driver enables a 2nd to a two-tier green guarded left and right front by bunkers. Green flat at back.
Holes 6-10 key to scoring a good round
Hole Six, 186 metres, Par 3
Long straight iron required. Plays all yardages especially into prevailing Nor-East wind. Bunker short right and greenside left. Slopy green. Often takes more borrow than read.
Hole Seven, 396 metres, Par 4
Dog-leg left. Longest par 4 on course. Requires drawn driver and iron to smallish front to back sloping green guarded on right by bunker.
Hole Eight, 376 metres, par 4
Slight dog-leg left. Out of bounds on right. Drawn driver and 2nd shot to green which is all carry, guarded by green-side bunker right. Green flat at back, drops away to left.
Hole Nine, 352 metres, par 4
Hole Ten, 363 metres, Par 4
Dog-leg left. Drawn driver required with second shot to large sloping green, guarded short left by bunker. Surprising borrow when putting across green.
Hole Eleven, 441 Par 5
Straight forward drive. Out of bounds left. 3 fairway bunkers on right leaving long iron, to the most birdied hole on the course. Guarded by left bunker short and green-side bunker right. Putting from above the hole can be an adventure.
Hole Twelve, 145 metres, par 3
Precise short iron needed on shortest hole. Bisected through middle of green by ridge. Guarded by bunker front right.
Hole Thirteen, 462 metres, Par 5
Dog-leg right. Two well-struck strokes required here. Long 2nd to fly bunker short of green. Deceptive slope front right.
Hole Fourteen, 386 metres, Par 4
Dog-leg left. Another good 2-shot hole. Long hitters can take on corner. Narrow green with drop off on right on easy bargain for up and down. A par is a good score.
Hole Fifteen, 155 metres, Par 3
Accurate iron selection a must. Dead ground in front of green deceiving. All carry into Nor-easter.
Hole Sixteen, 326, Par4
Dog-leg right. One of
Hole Seventeen, 346 metres, Par4
Driver/3 wood. Fairway bunker on right. Short iron to sloping green, especially front half. Guarded by bunker right and another drop of to left. Can be very fast putt downhill.
Hole Eighteen, 367 metres, Par 4
Dog-leg left. Long hitters can take on trees left with drawn driver. Medium iron shot to large green to true championship placement – back left. A strong last hole to decide many matches.
Compiled by the late Lindsay Buckley (Bucko) just 3 weeks before his untimely death.