Club Laws and Rules

Members and visitors to are encouraged to enjoy themselves while playing at Gold Creek, and in doing so, all players are expected to abide by the Rules and By Laws of the club.  These Rules and By Laws have been developed to ensure that all players are equally able to enjoy their game of golf and the hospitality available at Gold Creek.  Members and visitors are requested to acquaint themselves with these requirements prior to commencing play.


1. Definitions

Definitions and Interpretation in this Code, unless the context otherwise requires:
  1. "Accused member" means the member accused of an offence under this Code.
  2. An act (perform an action) by or to a player is deemed to occur "during a Competition" or otherwise if it occurs:
    • on any day during which the Competition is conducted; and
    • within the physical boundaries of the Gold Creek Country Club, or
    • at accommodation premises as arranged by the GCGC Committee
  3. "Code" means the Code of Conduct.
  4. "Competition" means a Championship, Event, Competition, or major activity conducted or sanctioned by the GCGC Committee.
  5. "Disciplinary Committee" means the Disciplinary Committee comprising at least three members and appointed by the GCGC Committee to consider, hear and determine a Report.
  6. "GCGC Committee" means the elected Committee of the Gold Creek Golf Club as constituted from time to time.
  7. “General Rules” means the overarching rules of the Gold Creek Golf Club.
  8. “Golf Club Year” means a period of twelve months ending on 31 March or any other date determined by the GCGC.
  9. "Honour Board event" includes, the Gold Creek Club Championships, the Gold Creek Classic, and the final of the Gold Creek Match Play competition
  10. "Investigative Officer(s)" means a person or persons appointed by the GCGC Committee to administer a Report.
  11. “Local Rules” means those rules issued by the Match Committee in the running of Gold Creek Golf Club Competitions
  12. “Member’ means a member of the Gold Creek Golf Club.
  13. "Player" means a Player or participant in a Competition.
  14. "Report" means any oral or written statement by any person of an alleged offence by a Player under this Code.
  15. “Restricted Tee Times” means available tee times will be to the rear of the field. Tee times will not be before 1130hrs.
 

2. Purpose

These By-Laws have been developed so that all golf club members have an understanding of the expectations required of them when using the facilities of the Gold Creek Country Club and should be read in conjunction with the Rules (General and Local) of the Gold Creek Golf Club.
 

3. General Committee

Responsibilities
  1. To control the affairs of the GCGC in accordance with the General Rules for the Gold Creek Golf Club
  2. To provide advice and make recommendations to GCCC in relation to:
    • Any policy of golf operation, affiliation, conduct and maintenance program;
    • Changes in the General Rules and Objects of the GCGC;
    • Membership structure, nomination fees and annual subscriptions payable by Members, and any terms for same;
    • The use of the Clubhouse and course for golf activities;
    • The annual budget of the GCGC; and
    • The design and operation of course facilities.
  3. Exercise all powers and functions of the GCGC that are not required to be exercised by the GCGC in a general meeting.
  4. Undertake roles and responsibilities as deemed necessary for the proper conduct of the Golf Club.
  5. Develop, implement, and refine the GCGC strategic vision for GCGC
  6. Develop and implement policies for the effective management of GCGC
  7. Develop, implement and monitor the annual budget for the operation of GCGC
  8. Establish priorities and policies for GCGC sub-committees as necessary
 

4. Membership

Member Responsibilities
  1. A member of the Gold Creek Country Club is also a member of the Gold Creek Golf Club.
  2. GCGC members are expected to uphold the Rules (General and Local) and By-Laws of the Gold Creek Golf Club and the recommendations as required by these By-Laws.
  3. Members shall conduct themselves in a proper manner at all times. This applies within the physical boundaries of the Gold Creek Country Club and at other AGU affiliated golf clubs.
  4. Members introducing visitors are responsible for their adherence to club rules both General and Local and regulations.
 

5. Rules Concerning Juniors

  1. The GCGC Golf Committee may deem that a person who has not reached the age of 12 years be qualified to be a Sub-Junior Member provided the Club Professional certifies that such a person has the physical skills, maturity and knowledge of the game of Golf to be a Junior Member. Club Professional certification can be attained via:
    1. attendance at a minimum of two ½ hour private lessons; or
    2. attendance at the Saturday morning junior clinic.
  2. The following applies to the Sub-Junior Category in relation to participation in competition rounds:
    1. sub-Juniors must always be accompanied by a responsible adult while playing in competition rounds;
    2. the responsible adult playing with the Sub-Junior is responsible for the conduct of the Sub-Junior and shall ensure that appropriate pace of play and etiquette is maintained throughout the competition round; and
    3. sub-junior entries shall be booked into the competition by a responsible adult. Such bookings shall be identified on the time sheet within the membership column using the term “Sub-Junior”.
 

6. Handicaps

The GCGC Committee may from time to time approve alterations of a member’s handicap, upon a recommendation by the Match Committee. If in its absolute discretion and having regard to all the circumstances, including the member’s results in any form of competition, it considers that the change is warranted under the handicap system which the Club follows. The member shall have right of appeal to make any representation to the GCGC Committee in relation to any alteration of the member’s handicap.
 

7. Match Committee

  1. Responsibilities
    1. The Match Committee shall be comprised of a Club Captains, Vice Captain and at least three ordinary members.
    2. The Club Captain shall be elected in accordance with the GCGC rules governing the election of office bearers. All other members of the Match Committee shall be appointed by the GCGC General Committee. The position of Handicapper shall be appointed by the members of the GCGC Match Committee
    3. The Match Committee is responsible for the control and management of all aspects of the playing of golf on the course. The Match Committee shall:
      1. Acquire a good working knowledge of the rules of golf in order to be able to give decisions promptly and correctly.
      2. Acquire a thorough understanding of the ‘Australian Course Rating System’ and the application of the ‘Australian Handicapping System’.
      3. Prepare and circulate the programme of events for the year.
      4. Determine and clearly display, in advance, the conditions under which competitions are to be played
      5. Where possible, deal with and resolve disputes arising from matches and competitions.
      6. Select individuals and/or teams to represent the club as and when required and appoint a team captain and/or manager when necessary.
      7. Enforce By-Laws and Local Rules.
      8. Ensure that a Committee representative is available at all times during a competition to make decisions and suspend or cancel play if required.
      9. Educate members as necessary in the proper playing of the game.
      10. Monitor play on the course so as to reduce undue delay to the minimum level.
      11. Work within the guidelines laid down by the General Committee.
      12. Provide a proposed annual budget to the General Committee for approval. 
  2. Match Day Rules
    1. Rules of Golf. The rules of the game of golf, as approved by Golf Australia and the Local Rules of the Gold Creek Golf Club, shall be the Golf Rules of the club.
    2. Local Rules.  The Match Committee shall determine local rules from time to time and post them on the local rules board. These rules shall be used in conjunction with the rules of golf as determined by Golf Australia. At all times the local rules posted on the back of the score cards shall be used in conjunction with the rules of golf as determined by Golf Australia.
  3. Teeing Ground.  Where Black, Blue or Pink tee markers are present within the teeing ground these shall be used for all competition play, except for:
    1. In the absence of black, blue or pink tee markers, white tee markers shall be used for competition play.
    2. During social play, players shall use the teeing ground as designated by the Country Club.
    3. Women are to use the teeing ground as designated by the Country Club, however for Gold Creek competitions these may be varied by the Match Committee.
    4. Juniors and authorised players are to use the teeing ground as designated by the Country Club, however for Gold Creek competitions these may be varied by the Match Committee.


8. Application of Handicaps During Competition

  1. Stroke Play, Stableford & Par
    .All competitions are to be played off full handicap. Competitors shall use the stroke index on the card to determine handicapping for each hole.
  2. Match Play
    Strokes taken are the difference between competitor handicaps. Competitors shall use the match index on the card to determine handicapping for each hole.
  3. American Foursomes
    ¼ combined handicaps.
  4. Canadian Foursomes
    ½ combined handicaps.
  5. Ambrose
    4 Players: 1/8 of combined handicaps.
    3 Players: 1/6 of combined handicaps.
    2 Players: 1/4 of combined handicaps.
  1. Group Composition
    1. Competitors must play in groups of no more than four players and at least two players. Exceptions to this rule may apply from time to time at the discretion of the GCGC Club Captain.
    2. Competitors playing in a Pairs competition shall not play in a group by themselves. In Four Ball competitions, a group may consist of three players with the lowest marker in the group acting as a swinger between each pair.
  2. Competition Results
    1. In all club competitions any protest must be conveyed to the Club Captain or a GCGC Match Committee member by 1730 hours on the day of competition play.
    2. The Match Committee shall determine competition winners in accordance with the AGU regulations governing competition play. Where AGU regulations are not adhered to, competition regulations shall be publicly displayed.
    3. The Match Committee shall determine the grading for all GCGC competitions.
  3. Club Match Play Competitions
    1. When playing in a club match play competition, competitors are not permitted to play in any competition on the day.
    2. Club match play competitors are to be played iaw the rules of match play.
  4. Match Day Cards
    1. Competitors shall return cards for all competitions in which they enter.
    2. All competitors must maintain scores for both themselves (Marker) and their fellow competitor (Player).
    3. At the completion of competition play it is the responsibility of the player to validate their card with their marker prior to signing and handing in. Failure to return a valid card will result in disqualification from the competition.
    4. All competitors should hand their completed competition card into the Match Committee, as determined by the Match Committee. Where a competitor fails to complete their round they should return their card in with ‘NCR’ clearly marked on the card.
  5. Tee Times
    1. Bookings at the kiosks located at the Club can be made up to 14 days in advance of the competition being entered and Internet bookings can be placed up to 10 days prior to the competition being entered and cannot be placed after 6AM on the morning of the competition.  Please contact the pro-shop if you wish to enter competition on the day after 6AM
    2. Members and Competition visitors can also book in via the Pro Shop, in person or via the phone.
    3. Sheets for competitions are printed the morning of the competition, so once sheet have been printed then all entries to competitions are via Pro Shop.
    4. GCGC Members shall not book more than four tee times unless approved by the Club Captain.
    5. Social Tee Times should be booked with the pro shop to ensure availability.
  6. Competition Entry
    1. Competitors shall report to the starter no less than 10 minutes prior to their tee time. Players arriving within 10 minutes prior to their tee time could be moved to an alternate group. Such action shall be applied at the discretion of the starter and/or the Match Committee
    2. Competitors shall register themselves into a competition on reporting to the Pro Shop or wherever the competition starter is located for special events.
    3. Competitors must pay the prescribed entry fee prior to commencing competition play. Players not paying the prescribed entry fee prior commencing play shall be disqualified.
    4. Competitors must make every effort to notify the pro shop if they are unable to meet their starting time or remove themselves from the competition electronically if time sheets have not been printed. Consistent failure to provide such notification may result in suspension of playing rights and shall be actioned at the discretion of the GCGC General Committee, through the Match Committee.
  7. Social Play
    Members playing a social round are to adhere to the Rules of the Country Club.
  8. Children & Junior Non-Members
    1. No Child and or Junior non-member is allowed on the course (under the age of 12) during competition times on a Saturday unless they go to the junior clinic and thus know the etiquette of the game. Note they are still bound by the rules below.
    2. If a parent wants to bring their children on the course during Wednesday or Sunday competitions then they must register a desire to do so with the golf club. Note this registration occurs once.
    3. Upon registration the parent will receive a rules sheet that will detail the procedure upon which children’s attendance during competition times will be governed.
    4. Parent must indicate on the timesheet whether they will be bringing children and or junior non-members so that others will know that children and or junior non-members are accompanying the group.
    5. Parents must be aware that their children and or junior non-members will be monitored for behaviour. A disciplinary process may be applied for behaviour deemed to be unacceptable.
    6. Cart use rules as detailed by the Country Club are to be followed.
    7. Parents are responsible for the child’s and or junior non-member’s behaviour at all times.
 

9. Visitors

All visitors wishing to play in GCGC events must adhere to Laws in Para 8.
Members of other golf clubs may play in honour board events at the discretion of the Club Captain.
 

10. Reciprocal Rights

The Master List of Reciprocal Clubs is held by the GCCC. The GCGC will produce a copy of this list, including conditions of play, on the GCCC website. This will include: venue, costs, entitlements and links to reciprocal club websites if available.
 

11. On-Course

  1. Dress Code – GCGC has a dress code that mirrors that of the GCCC and must be adhered to at all times. Members not complying with the dress code may be asked to leave the course (this includes practice facilities).
  2. Mobile Phone – The use of a mobile phone to send or receive either text messages or phone calls is generally not allowed with the exception of c(i) and c(ii) below. If a phone call has to be made or received at any other time during the competition then the player must first receive permission from their marker. Notwithstanding, the general use of a mobile phone during competition is discouraged as the Match Committee may regard it as a serious breach of etiquette IAW Rule 33-7, where the penalty of disqualification can be applied. This condition also applies if the phone rings during play (regardless of ring tone applied).
    If a mobile phone is carried it must be in ‘silent’, or ‘offline’ mode. Note that if a member is utilizing a mobile phone to either provide or receive advice (as defined in the Rules of Golf) then they will be deemed to be in breach of Rule 8-1. Further to this the Match Committee may, at its discretion, include a wider ban on the use of mobile phones under conditions of certain competitions.
    1. The area beside the 8 tee and the 9th tee where a phone call may be made to the clubhouse for the purpose of pre-ordering refreshments for consumption after completion of 9 holes.
    2. An emergency situation that requires immediate attention.
    Note: A player who may need to be contacted on the course in case of emergency can also receive messages via the GCCC Pro Shop staff on (02) 61230601.
  3. Mobile Communication Devices – A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. Under the auspices of this condition, this includes distance-measuring devices hosted by Mobile phones. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
  4. Motorised transport – Local notices regulating use must be strictly adhered to. Motorised carts may be used in general competitions but not in any 'Honour board' event without the approval of the Match Committee/Club Captain.
    1. In certain circumstances, motorised carts may be approved for use in an Honour Board event.
    2. The Match Committee may approve the use of a Motorised cart by a member in an Honour Board event where the member is incapacitated and unable to play golf without the use of a motorised cart.
    3. Medical evidence MUST be provided to the Match Committee in the form of a certificate from a qualified medical practitioner stating the member is unable to play golf without the aid of a motorised transport.
    4. The certificate must be current and have been issued within 12 weeks of the date of the event. A certificate will only be deemed current for a period of 12 weeks from the date signed by the medical practitioner.
  5. Slow Play – The action applied to Players brought to the attention of the GCGC committee or Match Committee for slow play are:
    1. 1st Offence - a written letter or email informing the member of the details of the offence and his responsibilities to avoid slow play;
    2. 2nd Offence – a written letter or email notifying the member that they have ‘Restricted Tee-Times’ (for 3 weeks from date of notification); and
    3. 3rd Offence - a Disciplinary Committee hearing will be held at the discretion of the GCGC Match Committee. The decision will be passed to the GCGC committee at the following meeting.
    The member shall have right of appeal to make any representation to the GCGC Committee in relation to communications on slow play.
    Slow play can be prevented by:
    1. Mark your card after you have hit your tee shot at the next tee
    2. Move to your own ball first and be ready to play your shot when your turn comes;
    3. Watch your ball until it comes to rest using the surrounds to assist in marking where your ball comes to rest;
    4. If you are think your ball may be lost or out of bounds, hit a provisional ball after declaring so to your marker;
    5. Leave the green immediately after the final player has holed out
  6. Priority on the Course
    1. Club representation matches shall take precedence over all other competition play.
    2. In the absence of special rules, two-ball matches should have precedence over and be entitled to pass any three or four-ball matches.
    3. A single player has no standing and should give way to a match of any kind.
    4. Any match playing a whole round is entitled to pass a match playing a shorter round.
    5. If a match fails to keep its place on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, it should allow the match following to pass.
    6. Non-competitors must give way to players engaged in competitions or club matches.
  7. Course Care
    1. Bunkers. Before leaving a bunker a player should carefully smooth over all holes and footprints made by himself/herself and others (in immediate area surrounding where the shot was played). A rake is provided and is to be placed in the flat portion of the bunker parallel with the direction of the play.
    2. Divot, Ball and Pitch Marks. Through the green a player should ensure that any turf cut or displaced is replaced at once and firmly pressed down and/or use sand where required, and that any damage to putting green made by the ball or club is carefully repaired. Damage to the putting green caused by golf shoe spikes should be repaired on completion of the hole.
    3. Damage to Greens. Players should ensure that when putting down bags or the flagstick no damage is done to the putting green or course and that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to it, in handling the flagstick or in removing the ball from the hole. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before players leave the putting green.
    4. Damage through Practice Swings. In taking practice swings players should avoid causing damage to the course, by replacing divots on fairways and/or using sand as required, and particularly the tees, where divots should be removed and filled with sand.
    5. Sand Buckets.  All players who walk the course are to carry sand buckets or sand containers as required by the GCCC. Players using carts are to ensure that they have sand containers fitted to the carts before the start of play. All players are to ensure that sand buckets and containers are full at the start of play and re-filled as necessary to fill in divots.
Although golf course management is the responsibility of GCCC, we as a golf club can play our part in its upkeep. Please refrain from the throwing of cigarette butts and litter on to the golf course and use the bins placed around the tee areas and club house for this purpose. This will ensure that the great golf course we have continues to impress those that play.
 

12. Disciplinary Committee

(Gold Creek Golf Club Rule 8 Refers)
  1. Responsibilities.
    1. The General Committee or the Disciplinary Sub Committee is responsible for informing the member or other person who is the subject of a disciplinary action of the complaint and the manner in which the Committee proposes to consider the complaint.
    2. The General Committee or the Disciplinary Sub Committee may make a decision on a disciplinary matter and record the finding in the minutes of the next GCGC Committee meeting.
    3. A Disciplinary Sub-Committee, comprising at least three full members, shall be formed by the GCGC General Committee from time to time to consider any complaint about a member’s or any other person’s behaviour within the boundaries of the Gold Creek Country Club. The disciplinary committee may deal with any written complaint about the behaviour of a member at another AGU affiliated golf club in the same manner as if the offending behaviour had occurred at GCGC.
  2. Code of Conduct
    1. The Code of Conduct described in sub-paragraphs 12.3, 12.4 and 12.5 applies to all members of the Gold Creek Golf Club.
    2. All Members must adhere to commonly accepted standards of golfing etiquette and sportsmanship
    3. In order to ensure proper standard of behaviour at all times a Member who commits an offence under this Code may face disciplinary proceedings
    4. Members have the right to seek clarification of any decisions from the Gold Creek Golf Club committees through written communications to the Golf Club Secretary.
  3. Category A Offences. A Member is guilty of a Category A offence under the Code if the Member:
    1. physically attacks or abuses, in any way, another Member, an official or person;
    2. publicly threatens, abuses, makes defamatory remarks or falsehoods of any  member of the Gold Creek Golf Club through published media including: letters, newspapers, electronic media, radio or television;
    3. verbally threatens another Member, Player, official or person;
    4. deliberately damages the facilities, including the course and the clubhouse of the Gold Creek Country Club;
    5. wrongfully removes or damages property belonging to another Member, Player, official or person;
    6. deliberately breaks a Rule or the Rules of Golf to cheat or to gain benefit;
    7. deliberately returns a false score card to cheat or to gain false benefit;
    8. behaves in a manner detrimental to the good name and reputation of the GCGC; or
    9. brings the game of golf into disrepute. 
  4. Category B Offences. A Member is guilty of a Category B offence under the Code if the Member:
    1. deliberately throws in anger or breaks golf equipment (including golf balls) that is deemed unsafe;
    2. uses abusive or profane language towards another Member, Player, official or person;
    3. utters audible obscenities;
    4. consumes any illegal and or performance enhancing prohibited substance as determined by the GCGC Committee; or
    5. Behaves in a manner detrimental to the performance of other Players.
  5. Category C Offences. A Member is guilty of a Category C offence if the Member:
    1. Verbally criticises any official or Committee of the Gold Creek Golf Club, that is deemed unacceptable;
    2. obstructs, any investigation by the Investigating Officer(s) of the Member’s conduct or the conduct of another Member;
    3. obstructs, a hearing by the Investigating Officer(s) or the Disciplinary Committee;
    4. fails to comply with the Rules of Golf (including Section I - Etiquette) as amended by Local Rules in force at any Competition;
    5. fails to comply with any other rules, by-laws, directions or instructions, including dress regulations, as specified by the GCGC Committee, the Match Committee for that Competition or any other duly authorised official;
    6. continually fails to play without undue delay;
    7. continually misses a tee time or withdraws from a Competition before the completion of that Competition without providing reason other than injury, emergency or weather; or
    8. use a radio (of any kind), recorder or mobile telephone during the course of play in a Competition or allows the Player's caddy to do so, in contravention of the conditions of play.
  6. Stays and Appeals
    1. If a Member aggrieved by a determination of the General Committee or the Disciplinary Sub-Committee seeks a stay of the determination pending the hearing of an appeal in accordance with this Code, the GCGC Committee will consider the application for a stay as soon as practicable and in any manner (including telephone or electronic means) as the President of the GCGC Committee deems appropriate in the circumstances. There is no right of appeal against a determination of the GCGC Committee not to grant a stay.
    2. In the Event of an appeal by a Player aggrieved by a determination of the Disciplinary Committee the GCGC Committee will re-hear the Report at such time and in such manner as the GCGC Committee deems appropriate in the circumstances.
    3. A member of the GCGC Committee who held a position on the Disciplinary Committee in relation to a Report that is the subject of an appeal under this Code must be excused from the re-hearing.
    4. Upon re-hearing a Report the GCGC Committee may affirm, vary or substitute the determination, as it may deem appropriate.
    5. A quorum of at least three members of the GCGC Committee must be present to hear an appeal.
    6. An appeal to the GCGC Committee is the sole form of appeal from a determination under this Code. See GCGC Rule 8.
  7. Penalties
    1. In the event that a Player is found guilty of a Category A offence, any of the following penalties may be imposed:
      1. disqualify the Player from the Competition;
      2. a severe reprimand;
      3. an order that the Player attend appropriate counselling sessions as specified by the GCGC Committee;
      4. a recommendation to the Player's home club (if appropriate) that the Player's membership be suspended for a set period of time;
      5. withdrawal of the Player's Australian Handicap;
      6. suspension of the Player's Australian Handicap; (minimum period 3 weeks); or
      7. such other penalty as determined from time to time, including but not limited to suspension from the club, removal from membership of the club, etc.
    2. In the vent that a Player is found guilty of a Category B offence, any of the following penalties may be imposed:
      1. disqualify the Player from the Competition;
      2. a severe reprimand;
      3. an order that the Player attend appropriate counselling sessions as specified by the GCGC Committee;
      4. a recommendation to the Player's home club (if appropriate) that the Player's membership be suspended for a set period of time;
      5. a penalty under the Doping Policy of the GCGC Committee (if applicable);
      6. withdrawal of the Player's Australian Handicap
      7. suspension of the Player's Australian Handicap (minimum period of 2 weeks); or
      8. such other penalty as determined from time to time.
    3. In the event that a Player is found guilty of a Category C offence, any of the following penalties may be imposed:
      1. a severe reprimand;
      2. an order that the Player attend appropriate counselling sessions as specified by the GCGC Committee;
      3. suspension of the Player's Australian Handicap (Minimum period of one week); and
      4. such other penalty as determined from to time.
 
Gold Creek Golf Club members also enjoy privileges at the following golf clubs with whom we are delighted to have entered into reciprocal arrangements: Bermagui Country Club NSW, Devonport Golf Club TAS, Gosford Golf Club NSW, Macquarie Links Golf Club NSW, Merewether Golf Club NSW, Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club NSW, Port Macquarie Golf Club NSW, Stonecutters Ridge NSW, The Links Shell Cove NSW, Tocumwal Golf Club, NSW, Victor Harbor Golf Club SA, Woolgoolga Returned Services Golf Club NSW.