Golf Course Etiquette

Important Golf Course Information

Welcome to Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club. Golf is a game where courtesy, and etiquette must always be observed. It is the responsibility of all golfers to adhere to the following policies for the maximum enjoyment of everyone using the golf course.

Dress code -

Including Practice Facilities

  • Men - Golf or walking shorts (no cargo shorts), slacks, shirts with a collar or mock turtleneck, golf or tennis shoes. 
  • Women - Golf or walking shorts, skirts, slacks, normal golf shirts or tops (not tank tops), golf or tennis shoes. 
  • Juniors - normal junior sportswear; shirts with a collar, shorts, slacks or skirts, skirts may not be shorter than 6 inches above the knee.
  • No denim or sweatpants shall be allowed on the Golf Course.
  • No hats worn backwards - this includes at all practice facilities.
  • Shirts must be tucked in unless approved by the Pro Shop.

Anyone not conforming to the dress code will not be allowed to play.

Arrival - The staff will remove clubs from your car and load them on the assigned cart. Tipping is optional; however, most golfers provide a tip.

Check in - Go to the Pro Shop to let the staff know you are ready to play.

Driving Range - Balls are available on the range from 7:00AM to 5:00 pm daily. On days when the artificial mat is in use, you must stay on the mat.

Putting Green – This area is open during daylight hours.  Range balls are not permitted on the practice green. Chipping is not allowed in the putting green area.

Chipping Area – After chipping balls, it is a courtesy to the next golfer to rake the balls off the green.


Playing golf

Every cart is equipped with the TFM GPS system which provides hole distance, pin placement, hazards etc. TFM GPS system also controls cart usage near greens, tees, wet areas, and the rough. Carts will automatically shut down in controlled areas.  The cart must then be backed up until it is out of the designated area.

Carts should enter the fairway at a 90-degree angle and stay in the fairway until exiting at the egress stakes.

Sand to fill divots is provided on each cart.

Bunkers should always be entered from the low side with a rake in hand.  When exiting a bunker it is very important to tap shoes to remove any sand.  Leave rake in the bunker.

Pace of play - The expectation is that all rounds of golf will be played in less than 4 hours and 15 minutes. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Play ready golf.
  2. For balls in the rough: Check the screen for distance. Decide which club(s) to take to the ball, and bring sand to fill divots.
  3. Lost ball – Each player should hit his/her ball first, and then help to find the lost ball.
  4. Putt out when possible.
  5. Always park cart on the cart path around tees and greens.
  6. Mark scores at next tee.

Care of greens

  1. Repair all ball marks on the green.
  2. Never use putter head to remove ball from cup.
  3. Place flagstick on green rather than dropping it.
  4. First person to hole out replaces pin.

After golf – Please discard leftover trash before returning cart to the clubhouse. Carts may be taken to the parking lot; however, extreme care must be observed when driving cart in the parking lot.  Return cart where directed by staff.

Smoking in any form is strictly prohibited in the Golf Shop, on the putting green, driving range, short game area, and cart staging area.