When We Play Golf
Members of the Longshore Ladies 9-Hole Golf Association play on Thursday mornings. First tee time is 8:33 a.m.; the last time scheduled is 10:30 a.m. It should be noted that if we do not use all of our tee times, the Longshore starters will make these times available to the public. Since our players go out in a “block” of tee times, the Starter Chair must use her discretion to ensure that members use consecutive tee times. The result is that on a given day our starting time may be later than 8:33 or our last time may be earlier than 10:30.
Dues for new members of the Ladies 9-Hole Golf Association are $65.00 per annum and must be paid before one can reserve a tee-time. Two scores played at Longshore must be submitted with the membership application. At the discretion of the Membership Chair, applications and checks may be held pending receipt of the two scorecards. For returning members $65 dues prior to April 10th, $75 dues after April 10th. For LWGA members (18-Holers), 18-Hole GHIN number must be provided along with $65 dues.
How to get a tee time?
Tee times may be made 7 days in advance, starting at 3:00 on Thursday for the following Thursday. Go to www.foretees.com/llnhga to reserve a tee time. (See separate attachment for instructions on how to make a tee time.) If you fail to make a tee time, walk-ons will be accepted on Thursday morning, as space permits.
A member may sign up for herself and three other members. The starter at Longshore will be notified of the tee times to be used by noon on Wednesday, after that any unused timeslots can be made available to the public. To cancel a tee time before noon on Wednesday, go to www.foretees.com/llnhga and cancel your tee time (see separate attachment for instructions). If a member must cancel after Wednesday noon, you may be charged a cancellation fee, and should call the Longshore Starter at 203-226-9785. Anyone failing to have her name deleted as outlined above will be listed as a “no-show” and may be denied a tee-time subsequently.
Arrival time prior to one’s tee off should be twenty minutes before play. It is obligatory to check in with our starters-of-the day who will be stationed near the first tee. They check in each player and will advise you of the group that will make up the foursome in which you are playing and if your group will be teeing off at the scheduled time – or perhaps earlier. Note that a group may be expected to tee off earlier than the originally assigned time because of openings which have occurred due to last minute cancellations. Starters-of-the-day will also advise of any special event of the day or other instructions.
After checking in with our starters-of-the-day, proceed to the Longshore Pro Shop to pay and be checked off.
Being a starter-of-the-day at least once during the golf season is a requirement of each member. Each Thursday the starters shall bring with them a copy of the completed tee sheet that was previously e-mailed to them. The starters-of-the-day shall sit at the 1st Tee bench to mark off members as they arrive to play, advise players of any special instructions, monitor and adjust tee-off times to assure continuous play, and mark no- shows as necessary. The starters-of-the-day are part of the last group to tee-off, prior to which one of the starters shall deposit the checked-off sheet in the ladies locker room.
With the obligation of serving as a starter-of-the-day comes a “perk.” Each week, the starters of that day may note down in the designated space on the sheet their preferred tee times for the following week.
All members’ names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses compiled and published by the Association at any time are solely for the personal, non-commercial use of its members. Use of this information for business promotion, solicitation, fundraising or financial profit is strictly prohibited. Any member using the Membership List for business promotion, fundraising or financial profit is in violation of Association rules and may lose their membership privileges.
“On The Golf Course” Code of Conduct
In cooperation with the Longshore officials, we are committed to playing as efficiently as possible. In order to save time we ask all members to adhere to the following pointers:
Warming up on the 1st Tee is not permitted, although one practice swing is allowed.
It is the responsibility of all players to watch each other’s balls. The Longshore starter has emphasized that all golfers can save time by spotting one another’s ball so that precious time is not spent looking
for lost balls!
Keep an extra ball, tees, and ball marker in one’s pocket.
In between shots, bring handcart up to the ball (parallel to it) so as not to spend unnecessary time going back for the cart.
In a motorized cart, the golf pro recommends that the driver drop off the rider and proceed to her ball while the rider hits, rejoining the driver later after hitting.
Think of one’s next shot. Practice it while waiting, if it will not disturb other members of the flight.
Keep pace with the group ahead. Remember, your place on the golf course is directly behind the group in front of you – not directly in front of the group behind you!
Play “ready golf,” that is, if the person farthest from the green is not ready to hit and another player is ready and can safely hit, she should do so to speed play.
Always move quickly and directly to one’s ball.
From a motorized cart, bring all the clubs that might be needed.
Further, the Association rules require that a player pick up after six strokes on a par-3 hole and after ten strokes on other holes. Should you need to pick up after six on the par 3’s you will need to record the score you would most likely have made had you completed the hole, not exceeding the maximum allowable score under Equitable Stroke Control.
Never bring a motorized or handcart to within thirty feet of a green. A good rule of thumb is that no cart should be within an area of the bunker closest to the green.
Always rake bunkers carefully to remove all footprints, being mindful also not to leave the rake in front of the pin.
On the green, never cast a shadow on a putter’s line of sight to the hole or over the hole.
Be ready behind one’s ball, sighting the green (without addressing the ball or distracting a fellow putter) to take one’s turn to putt.
Avoid another player’s “line” to the hole.
Remain still when another golfer is putting.
Quickly move from a green to the next tee.
Clubs should be transferred to one’s bag and the score marking done at the next tee.
Play the ball as it lies. If a lie is unplayable, a ball may be dropped from the place where the last shot was played, incurring a penalty. If the ball was hit from the tee, the ball may be teed up, or alternatively, it may be dropped within two club-lengths but no nearer to the hole or from any distance behind the unplayable spot, keeping it between the player and the hole. If the ball that is unplayable is in the bunker, it must be played from the bunker.
Hazards. Anything that is growing or fixed may not be moved, bent or broken. Natural objects which are not fixed or growing may be moved. If the hazard is immovable, the ball may be dropped within one club-length from the nearest point of relief but no nearer to the hole. On the putting green, a ball should be placed, not dropped from the nearest point of relief but no nearer to the hole. In casual water, ground-under repair, or holes made by burrowing animals, a ball may be dropped from the nearest point of relief but no nearer to the hole.
In a bunker or water hazard, the ground may not be touched with either a hand or club before striking the ball. If a ball is hit into a water hazard and cannot be played, a ball should be dropped behind the hazard or from the place the unplayable ball was last hit. If the ball has been hit from the tee, the “new” ball may be hit again from the tee, incurring a stroke penalty (thereby shooting a 3rd stroke). If a ball is hit into a lateral hazard, a ball may be dropped within two club-lengths from the point where the ball last crossed the hazard margin or from a point equidistant from the hole on the opposite margin, incurring a stroke penalty.
If a ball is hit out-of-bounds (from fairway or rough), another ball must be hit from the tee, incurring a stroke penalty. If one is unsure if the ball is out-of-bounds, a provisional ball may be hit; however, if the first ball is
found to be within bounds, it must be played. If the second ball is played, a stroke penalty is incurred.
A “whiff”, that is a club swung with the intent to hit the ball and missed counts as a stroke. In fact, any forward motion of the ball counts as a stroke, even if it moves only an inch!
For further rules or interpretations, consult the latest USGA’s booklet, Rules of Golf.