Dress Code & Policies
DRESS CODE POLICY
Our staff has been authorized by the Board of Directors to enforce the dress code and has their permission to refuse service to anyone not in compliance. Persons not meeting these requirements will be asked to comply or may be refused access to the club and its facilities.
Dress Code: Walnut Creek Country Club is an exclusive, member owned, private country club with the aim of a relaxed, but conservative, dress code. Tasteful and appropriate attire is expected at all times.
• Members, children ages four (4) and older, guests and visitors are expected to be suitably attired at all times on Club premises. Members are responsible for informing their guests of the dress requirements prior to their arrival at the Club.
• All clothing worn must be neat, clean, un-tattered and otherwise orderly. Appropriate shoes or dress sandals must be worn everywhere in the Club with the exception of the pool area.
Dining throughout the year will be informal and casual (country club casual) except for special events, which may be designated as formal/semi-formal.
Inappropriate Dress – Club wide: Rules cannot be written that can possibly address every instance of inappropriate dress, but here are some requirements.
• No ripped, soiled, stained, cut off or see-through clothing.
• No T-shirts, cropped tops, tube tops or bra type tops, except in the pool and tennis areas.
• Undergarments (or private areas of skin) should never be visible.
• Slacks and shorts must be worn at the waist line.
• Unless specifically authorized and published for special functions, NO BLUE DENIM (shirt, skirt, jacket or pants) of any style is permitted on club property.
• Changing of any clothing must be done in a locker room. Changing of any clothing, including shoes in the parking lot, is prohibited.
• Men’s shirts specifically designed to be worn outside the pants or shorts (i.e. tropical shirts) are acceptable. A turtleneck or mock turtleneck is considered a collared shirt.
• Women’s sleeveless or spaghetti strap dress or top that is part of an outfit is acceptable as long as it does not bare any midriff and is of a conservative cut.
• Mid-thigh length skirts and shorts are appropriate.
• After tennis and swimming, going into the Clubhouse requires appropriate warm-up/cover up-attire and shoes.
• Soft spike golf shoes are allowed in the West Grille and Locker Rooms only.
• Sport hats are permitted on the Patio, West Grille and Locker Rooms only. The bill of the cap must be worn forward.
Formal Brunches – Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day:
• To respect occasions: jackets are required and ties are recommended for all men 16 years and older.
• Appropriate attire for women includes: dresses, dinner suits, skirts and dress slacks with appropriate top.
• Tennis shoes and tennis attire are required for play on all courts. White and/or colors are acceptable.
• No street shoes, swimsuits, or cut-off blue denim pants or shorts are allowed.
• Appropriate cover-up and shoes/sandals should be worn to and from the pool and in the parking lot.
• Blue denim/cut-off shorts are not permitted in the pool area.
Golf Course and Range:
• Children under the age of 16 years old, using the golf course, must change shoes in the Halfway House, Cart Barn or Pool locker rooms.
• Men’s golf shirts must have a 1” collar (mock turtlenecks are acceptable) and are to be tucked in at all times.
• Women’s sleeveless golf shirts must have a 1” collar.
• Sport hats must be worn forward.
• Shorts and golf skirts must be at least mid-thigh in length.
• Newer golf apparel sold by popular golf manufacturers will be allowed under the condition they are in keeping with our policy of appropriate dress codes.
• Inappropriate attire includes: short shorts or skirts, t-shirts, tank tops, coaches’ shorts, tennis or swimming attire.
• Not all Clothing Sold in the Pro Shop is golf course appropriate.
GOLF COURSE ETIQUETTE
Abiding by the rules and showing respect for the golf course and fellow golfers is essential to achieving the Walnut Creek Country Club objective of a superior golfing experience.
This information has been prepared to acquaint you with the rules and regulations for using the golf facilities at Walnut Creek Country Club. Good judgment and respect for your fellow members, golf course and staff should always be your guide. We believe each member is entitled to and should enjoy a superior golfing experience. Each of us has the responsibility to ensure that every member and guest is given that opportunity.
Members are responsible for their guest adherence to course etiquettes.
It is every golfer’s responsibility to care for the golf course by replacing divots and fixing ball marks.
Pace of Play: The pace of play for 18-holes at Walnut Creek Country Club is based on four hours and twelve minutes, inclusive of halfway house stop. Stopping for a sit-down lunch at the turn is prohibited. Please proceed to the tee when your order is ready.
Slow players must allow faster players to play through. One or more empty holes in front of a slower group should be recognized as an opportunity to permit faster groups to play through. If the slower group does not extend this courtesy voluntarily, the faster group may ask to play through.
Slow play affects everyone playing behind you. A conscious effort to play in a timely manner will make golf more enjoyable for everyone. Playing “ready golf” will greatly increase the speed of play and will not interfere with your fellow golfers. Ready golf is: minimizing your practice swings; being ready to hit when it’s your turn; when sharing a cart, the driver should drop off the other player at their ball or leave the cart and walk to their ball, instead of driving to each ball together; studying the line of your putt while others are putting; record scores at the next tee and; playing a provisional ball to save time on the possible lost ball or possible ball out of bounds.
Cart Rules: No one under the age of sixteen years without a driver’s license is permitted to drive carts. Added caution must be used when the passenger is under the age of sixteen. No more than two people may ride in a cart. Observe all cart directional signs. Brown posts direct traffic back to a cart path or 30 yards wide of greens. Brown posts are moveable obstructions. All four tires should remain on the cart path at all times. Immediately report all accidents to the Golf Staff. No more than two golf carts are allowed per foursome. General rule of thumb for proper use of sand bottles on carts; if the divot is deep with roots, replace it, if the divot is shallow with little or no roots, just fill it in with sand. Members or caddies are not allowed to stand on the cart or the back bumper while in motion. Members are not allowed to park carts in front of the Club House, pool area, parking lot or in front of the locker room. The parking lot remains restricted to all members even “orange flag” carts. Power carts are restricted to cart paths on all par three holes.
Junior Golfers: No children under the age of seven will be permitted on the golf course at any time. Juniors with a card of approval from the Golf Professional may play during the hours permitted for approved junior play unaccompanied by an adult. Approval is based on skill level and knowledge of the game (three verified 9 hole scores of 70 or better from the white tees for boys and red tees for girls, and passing a written test). Unapproved juniors may play during the hours designated for them, and must be accompanied by an adult. Unapproved juniors and children under the age of seven must be accompanied by an adult while using all practice facilities.
CELL PHONE AND TEXTING POLICY
Cell phone conversations and texting is not allowed in the Main Dining Room and East Grille areas. If you receive a call, you must leave these areas, and carry on any conversations or place any calls from the bathrooms or locker room areas, West Grille, Lobby, Halfway House or Patio area. All cell phones and beepers must be kept on vibrate mode, if possible.
Walnut Creek Country Club is a smoke-free facility effective March 27, 2010 per new Michigan law. There will be no smoking permitted inside the clubhouse. Smoking is not permitted under any circumstances at the Golf Shop or Halfway House, Pool House or Deck, or Tennis Courts. If you are a smoker, please use the appropriate receptacles outdoors. If no receptacles are immediately available, please pull filters off cigarette, outside or on Golf Course and deposit filter in Golf Cart or waste receptacles on next tee.
ALCOHOL SERVICE POLICY
The Club policy is to adhere to Michigan law pertaining to the purchase, service, and consumption of alcohol. The staff may not furnish alcoholic beverages of any kind to any person, who, in their opinion, is visibly intoxicated. Club management has taken steps to train and inform bartenders, wait staff, and Club managers on factors to be considered in their assessment of whether or not an individual is visibly intoxicated. When such a determination has been made, the staff person will bring this matter to the attention of Club management. The manager shall then make the decision to continue or discontinue service by discreetly and in a diplomatic manner advising the member directly, or the host member, who shall be responsible for advising his or her guest.
Recognizing at times that there may be disagreements between the decision of the wait staff and Club management, and the member or guest, members should not reprimand, intimidate, or abuse any member of the staff for the decision. If there is disagreement with the decision, the issue should be addressed discreetly and privately with the Club general manager.