River Valley Junior Golf Club - Edmonton    Box 68075 - 162 Bonnie Doon Mall  Edmonton, AB T6C 4N6RVJGC-E   


Rules and Etiquette


We feel very strongly that our junior members learn the rules and etiquette associated with the game of golf.  We know that you will not always see it practiced by everyone but expect that you will set a good example for others you may play with. 

We encourage all parents to attend the Rules and Etiquette sessions with their child to better understand the rules of the game of golf whether it be tournament play or regular play.



2018 Rules and Etiquette Clinic dates :

May 19th at 10:30 am or June 2nd at 10:30 am  FREE Rules and Etiquette Clinics

Be sure to register for one of the FREE Rules and Etiquette Clinics.   Space is limited so register early.  The clinics are offered at the Victoria Golf Course Driving Range.  We will  be offering three different sessions this year on the following dates (please register for the date that works for your schedule):

Rules and Etiquette Clinics - Registration Link

We would like to invite the parents to come out and be a part of the Rules & Etiquette clincis with your kids.

Rules Quiz


Have you taken our online Rules Quiz?  This quiz if 51 questions and will give you an opportunity to test your knowledge of golf.  You are welcome to take this quiz more than once if you want.  For new members your user name and password will be sent with you shortly after your registration has been confirmed.  For returning members you will be able to use your same user name and password as last year.  If you have lost or forgotten it, no problem, simply click on the link below and request a reset of your password.

All members are asked to take the Rules Quiz each your as part of the requirements for tournaments, Interclub and application for consideration for the RVJGC-E Bursary and Scholarship program.

Rules Quiz



Simple Etiquette

The Spirit of the Game

Unlike many sports, golf is played, for the  most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire.  The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules.  All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, regardless of how competitive they may be.

Pre- Shot Routine

Having a routine before hitting every shot is one of the simplest, yet most important skills that a golfer can learn.  Just watch a professional golfer; they will do the exact same routine before every shot.  A "not so good" golfer will not.


On The Tee Box

Before you even get to the 1st tee, make sure you are ready to go. Get to the course a little before your tee time and warm up.  Do not bring a golf cart onto the tee box. If you are the first in your group to tee off, make sure to hit only when the fairway is clear with the players in front far enough away.  If you accidentally hit the ball towards other players or if you are not sure if people may be there then yell "Fore".  This is the only time you are able to be loud on a golf course so make sure that you yell loudly.  Make sure to remove your tee from the teeing area.


In The Fairway

Once everyone has teed off, the player who is the furthest from the green hits first. The others in your group should safely get in position to hit their next shots.  This is one of the major causes of slow play and 5 hour rounds.  If you have hit your ball off the fairway into the deep rough, or in the trees, etc., don't spend more than a couple minutes looking for it. Be sure you replace any and all divots that you make. No one wants to see huge hunks of sod laying all over the fairway. When you find yourself in a sand trap and have finished getting out of it, grab the rake and clean up your footprints and ball marks. Then return the rake to the edge of the grass, out of the sand trap.


On The Green

Once you arrive on the green, leave the pin in place until the rest of your group are all on the green.  Once everyone is on the green and can see the hole then you may remove the flagstick and gently lay it on the ground so it is far enough away from the hole that someone won't accidentally hit it.  Use a divot repair tool and fix your ball marks. Help keep the greens in good condition for all other golfers. If you see a ball mark that isn't yours, fix it up too.  The player who is furthest away from the cup will be the first to putt. If you see that your golf ball is the line of one of the other players behind you, mark it and move it out of the way. And never walk in the line of another players putt when they are preparing to putt. Not only is that not good golf etiquette, it can also affect the path of their putt. Watch where you stand on the green to as your shadow could be a distraction to the person getting ready to putt. It should also go without saying that you should never start talking as someone is about to hit their ball. When the last player has sank their putt, move off the green and on to the next hole. Never just stand around the green and write up scores, talk about your great shot, etc. There will most likely be players waiting behind you. Be courteous and keep going.


You can enjoy playing golf so much more just by simply following some of these basics rules of golf etiquette. It's really more common sense than anything. They say that golf is a gentleman’s game. Golf is even used many times as a way of doing business, and making deals. You'll save yourself a lot of embarrassment and frustration from your fellow golfers, and look like a professional by knowing the basics of golf etiquette.


Useful Links : 


Etiquette: http://www.usga.org/playing/etiquette/etiquette.html


Rules:      http://www.usga.org/playing/rules/rules.html

2012-2015 RCGA Rules


Etiquette 101 (Golf Canada): http://www.golfcanada.ca/play/getting-started/etiquette/


River Valley Junior Golf Club – Edmonton

Box 68075

162 Bonnie Doon Mall

Edmonton, AB, T6C 4N6

Phone: (780) 616-9168

E-mail: rivervalley.juniorgolf@gmail.com


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