Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

Rules for Golfers at Thorntree

Dress Code
Strictly enforced on the golf course and practice facilities. Gentlemen must wear a shirt with collar or mock neck shirts with sleeves at all times. Shorts must be Bermuda length or a style designed for golf. If a lady’s shirt is sleeveless, it must have a collar. If her shirt has no collar, it must have sleeves. Ladies shorts must cover the leg as far as the fingertips of the lady’s reach while her arms are extended at her side. 

Spikeless golf shoes must be worn on the course. 

The following types of clothing are prohibited: Denim jeans or denim jean shorts, short shorts, cutoffs, tennis shorts or running shorts, tennis-length skirts, t-shirts, tank-tops, and warm-up suits. 

Tee Times 
Tee times may be booked one week in advance for weekdays, excluding holidays. Weekend and holiday tee times are set via lottery. To sign up for the lottery, members should complete a tee time request card for the appropriate day, and return it to a member of the golf professional staff in the golf pro shop. The lottery drawing will be held on Wednesday afternoon. The actual tee times will be available Thursday morning. 

Guest Play 
Members are welcome and encouraged to bring guests to their club. All guests must register in the golf shop prior to play. Individual guests may play one time per calendar month, with a maximum of 6 times per year. 

Weekday guest fees (Tuesday-Thursday) are $50 plus cart and taxes, when accompanied by a member. Friday, Saturday & Sunday guest fee is $65 before 3:00pm and $40 after 3:00pm, when accompanied by a member. Holidays guest fees, $65 all day. 

**One free golf guest fee is allowed per month when your bill is paid by the 15th following the issue of statements. (Free guest passes are valid for play on Tuesday through Friday only, and must be used during the month of issue.) 

Group Size and Walking 
(a) Any group larger than five must be approved by the golf shop
(b) Walking is permitted any time. However, all golfers in a five-some must ride in a cart at all times
(c) Groups that have exhibited slow play in the past will not be permitted to play in five-somes at the discretion of the golf shop
(d) In case of groups with less than four players, the starter or pro shop, at their discretion, may fill the gourp with other waiting players

Pull Carts
Pull Carts are allowed, with the following rules.
(a) Club Owned Pull Carts (see golf pro shop for current fees)
     It is the Members responsibility to check out and checkin clulb owned pull carts
     Members with private carts and/or trail fees will be allowed to use Club Owned Pull      
     Cart with no extra fee
(b) Privately Owned Pull Carts (see golf pro shop for current fee) management ha the right to approve or disapprove any Privately Owned Pull Cart

All members and guests must check into the pro shop and state whether they are using a personal pull cart
Pull Carts will not be allowed for tournament play
Pull Carts are to remain 25 feet away from putting surfaces
Fivesomes of pull carts will not be permitted
Club management reserves the right to change any policy concerning pull carts at anytime
Taking Care of Your Course
The following are some guidelines by the USGA in taking care of your course. The most important aspect this time of year is the care and repair of the Greens because, once damaged this time of year they will not heal until Spring. 

Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose. 

Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks and Damage by Shoes
Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself). On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired. 

Preventing Unnecessary Damage
Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason. 

Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick. 

In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole. The head of a club should not be used to remove a ball from the hole. 

Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole. 

The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before players leave the putting green. 

Local notices regulating the movement of golf carts should be strictly observed.

By following these guidelines you are ensuring a better course for yourselves and your peers.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Any questions or comments please call me at:

972.296.2146 ext. 225
Richard Webster, Golf Course Superintendent
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