Golf Guest Guide

Policy for Use of the Course

General Policy
Members of other country clubs may have the privilege of playing the course, provided we have reciprocity at their club for course use. Arrangements to play must be made in advance and must be approved by the Head PGA Professional or General Manager. Play will only be permitted when it will not interfere with the play of members. In all cases, they must pay green fees and cart fees. Any Grille Room use will be as guests and appropriate charges made.

Every guest using the golf course shall register or be registered in the Pro Shop prior to beginning play.

Dress Code on the Golf Course
Proper attire shall be worn on the practice range, putting green and golf course. For men, collared shirts and Bermuda-length shorts are minimally acceptable attire.  For women, golf attire normally sold in the Pro Shop including tops, pants, Bermuda-length short and skirts are considered minimally acceptable attire.  Shirttails must be tucked in.  Caps must be worn bill-forward.  Examples of inappropriate golf attire include: short shorts, tee shirts, undershirts, tank tops, dungarees, cargo pants or shorts, designer jeans, jeans and denim.  Members are responsible for informing their guests in advance of the club's dress code.  The Head Golf Professional or their designee is authorized to enforce the dress code.

Practice Facilities
The club provides a superior practice facility for members including a large putting green, a spacious driving range, and practice green.  To the extent possible, the grass portion of the driving range is made available for practice.  To optimize the growth and condition of the turf on the driving range, members and their guests are required to observe the daily range schedule that may restrict play to mats only, specified hitting distances, etc.

Use of the practice facilities by non-golfing members or guests shall be reasonable in length and shall only be permitted prior to an invitation to play by a golfing member.

Practice is not permitted at any time on the 27 holes at Race Brook Country Club, including, but not limited to, the tees, greens, fairway, sand traps, bunkers, rough, or intervening property.

Practicing is available in three separate areas only; the putting green, the driving range, and practice green.  Pitching, chipping and sand shots are permitted only toward the practice green.

To protect our members, guests and neighbors from errant shots on the practice range, only restricted flight balls may be used.  The Club provides PGA-approved restricted flight balls which are specifically designed to help safeguard our club without sacrificing the compression (hardness), weight and feel of the ball.  Members and guests must strictly observe approved hitting distances on the range.  Each day, signage is posted with approved hitting distances restricting balls from being hit more than 200, 220, or 240 yards.  Balls are not permitted to be hit about the 4" yellow band installed at the midpoint of the golf netting.

Golf Course Rules

The reputation of any golf club is not solely based on the quality of the course. It is a direct reflection of the members who make up that club. Race Brook's excellent reputation is based on the friendliness, courtesy, and consideration of the men and women who make up its membership and staff.

It takes a long time for a golf course to get in excellent playing condition; however, it may only take a few minutes for long term damage to occur. By observing a few simple rules and practicing common sense, such damage need not occur. The following are a few tips that we ask members to follow so that the reputation of the club and the quality of the course will be maintained and enhanced:

  • Around the green, golf carts must be kept on the cart path, and in no case should they come within twenty-five yards of the front, side, or rear of the greens.
  • When driving a cart stay clear of and do not attempt to drive over the ropes. They have been put in specific locations by the grounds crew in order to preserve the course. If you note a wet area, please take the time to drive around and not through that area.
  • When carrying a bag, members must not place them on the greens or on the aprons.
  • Fix all ball marks on the green, replace divots in the fairway, and rake all sand traps after use.
  • Repair any scuff marks on the green by gently tapping down with a putter.
  • Be careful not to damage the cup area by standing too close to the hole or when replacing the flagstick.
  • The area between the second green and the pond should not be used as a path for walking or for carts. Damage to this area could affect play on the second hole. Please use the road behind the green to go from one area to another.
  • The Golf Course Superintendent shall from time to time place certain areas under restriction to member use due to construction, repair, inclement weather or damage from the elements. Appropriate signs, ropes or stakes shall mark such areas. Members are requested to abide by the temporary restrictions for the general benefit of the club.

Common Courtesy

Golf is a game to be enjoyed by everyone and that enjoyment can be enhanced by being thoughtful of not only those in your foursome, but of all others on the course.

  • The use of cellular phones on the golf course is prohibited.
  • Safety should be foremost in your thinking. Shout "FORE" loudly and as soon as it appears that any ball is headed for another person or foursome. It is better to have shouted and not needed to than to have not shouted at all.
  • Be considerate of other players as they are getting ready to play by being conscious of where you are standing in relation to their line of play. Try not to move or speak while they are making any shot.
  • Slow play is always a concern. Please make an effort to finish your round within the time frame established and posted by the Handicap Committee. Do not spend undue time searching for lost balls, balls in the water, or balls that you have very little chance of recovering.
  • Stay up with the group in front of you. If there is an open hole in front of you, you must permit the following foursome to play through.
  • Foursomes have the right-of-way on the golf course at all times. Members may play individually, in twosomes, or in threesomes when the course is not busy, provided they do not interfere with or slow down the play of players behind them.
  • Members should play the holes of both courses in proper sequence.