These rules and regulations are designed to enhance the enjoyment of the golf experience for every golfer. 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.
Enforcement of Rules
Day-to-day enforcement of the rules governing the use of the course shall be arbitrated by the Head Golf Professional, with the Starter being responsible for enforcing rules of dress. Appeals may be made to the Head Golf Professional if the player feels that he/she is not being treated fairly. Any further appeals should be taken to the General Manager, Golf Committee or Board of Directors in accordance with Club policies.
How to Make a Tee Time
Call the starter’s booth at 248.437.3663. Tee times may be made four days prior to your desired date of play. Starting times can be obtained for any day, four days in advance (i.e. Saturday times after 10:00am can be obtained after 8:00am starting on the Tuesday prior). Inform the starter how many people will be playing in your group and their names. Upon arrival, please register all guests and inform the starter whether you will be taking a power cart, a pull cart, a caddie or walking. This important information will assist the staff in preparing for your arrival. Saturday Men’s League tee times may be requested by two or more men in person with the starter after 7:00am and up to 10:00am.
Rules of Play
Members are responsible for their guest’s adherence to course etiquette.
Before playing, all players must register with the starter and register any guests. All junior golfers must present an approved junior card* and register with the starter before play. Member’s account numbers must be included on the register. Note: Member means any regular or senior member, the member’s spouse or the member’s children between their eighteenth and twenty-sixth birthday. Fivesomes are not permitted during the season (May 1st through October 1st). Fivesomes are permitted out-of-season with approval from the golf professional staff.
It is every golfer’s responsibility to replace divots and fix ball marks.
Lost and found equipment should be turned into the Golf Shop.
Smokers are asked to dispose of smoking materials in waste containers.
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.
Rules and Policies for Guests: Members must sign a chit and register guest names with the starter. There must be a Walnut Creek Country Club member in each foursome unless the guest is a member of a recognized country club and has permission from the Golf Professional or Board of Directors. Guests will be allowed to play one time per month with the same Walnut Creek Country Club member. A maximum of two times per month is allowed for any guest. Out-of-town guests (residing outside a 60 mile radius of the Club) may play during restricted guest times with prior arrangements made through the Golf Professional. These arrangements must be made in writing.
Unmarried members, excluding Non-Golf members may, upon application to and approval of the Board of Directors, designate his or her domestic partner as a Special Guest. Such members may not designate a different person as a Special Guest in the same calendar year. The Special Guest shall not be related to said member, nor shall such Special Guest be a member of the Club in any Classification. The Board of Directors may, at its sole discretion, revoke the status of the Special Guest at any time without notice. There will be a Special Guest Golf rate of $5.00 per round. Special Guests may only use the Club’s facilities when the Member is present, may play in all mixed events and may receive a golf handicap. Special Guests may not play golf without a member in the group, may not receive a permanent locker and may not sign chits for any goods or services without a written authorization on file.
HOURS OF PLAY
Hours of Play apply from May 1st - October 1st
Saturday: Only the Men’s League may play before 10:00am. Juniors will not be permitted to use the course until 1:00pm. Unapproved juniors may play after 5:00pm when accompanied by a parent. Guests will not be permitted to tee off before 11:00am with the exception of out-of-town guests by prior arrangement with the Head Golf Professional.
Sunday & Holidays: An approved junior may play between 11:00am and 1:00pm if accompanied by one of their parents, unaccompanied approved juniors may play after 1:00pm. Unapproved juniors may play after 4:00pm when accompanied by a parent. Guests will not be permitted to tee off before 10:00am with the exception of out-of-town guests by prior arrangement with the Head Golf Professional.
Monday: No membership play is allowed.
Tuesday: From mid-June through July (when junior golf is scheduled), no one except juniors may tee off before 11:00am. Juniors will not be permitted to tee off between the hours of 12:00 and 2:00pm. Unapproved juniors may play after 6:00pm when accompanied by a parent.
Wednesday: The Women’s 9 Hole League will have one nine closed for regular league play. The other nine will be open for members starting at 8:00am. Juniors will not be permitted to tee off between 12:00 and 3:00pm. Unapproved juniors may play after 6:00pm when accompanied by a parent.
Thursday: The Women’s 18 Hole League will have one nine closed for regular play. The other nine will be open for members starting at 8:00am. Juniors will not be permitted to tee off between 12:00 and 3:00pm. Unapproved juniors may play after 6:00pm when accompanied by a parent.
Friday: Juniors will not be permitted to tee off between 12:00 and 2:00pm. Unapproved juniors may play after 6:00pm when accompanied by a parent.
DRIVING RANGE AND SHORT GAME HOURS
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30am-7:00pm
Wednesday & Sunday: 7:30am-6:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30am-9:00pm Wednesday: 7:30am-8:00pm
**Tuesday’s during Jr. Golf the practice facilities will open at 11:00am**
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30am-7:30pm Wednesday & Sunday: 7:30am-6:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30am-6:30pm Wednesday & Sunday: 7:30am-5:30pm
The range yardage signs are accurate to within one yard of each flag from the hitting area directly in front of the signs.
Due to the ever-increasing demands on the Practice Facilities (driving range, putting green and short game area), the Board of Directors and the Golf Committee have set the following guidelines to determine priority of usage.
Range priority during restricted hours of play: any group whose hours of play are in effect will have first priority. Juniors and Instructional League have priority Tuesday until 11:00am; Juniors-Friday until 8:00am; Women’s Leagues- Wednesday until 10:00am, Wednesday from 4:00pm-6:00pm, Thursday until 10:00am; Men’s Leagues- Tuesday from 5:00pm-6:00pm, Men- Saturday until 10:00am; tournaments and all special events. Range priority during non-restricted hours of play: lessons; member priority is regular members and spouses; senior and intermediate members; approved juniors; unapproved juniors. If the range is full during non-priority times, members should allow others to practice after 15 minutes of usage. Juniors must always give way to an adult other than scheduled junior time.
Dress Code for All Golf Activities
Soft spike golf shoes are required for all adults and children 16 years old or older. Any changing of apparel, including shoes, must be done in a locker room, NOT in parking lot areas.
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: Blue denim, short shorts or skirts, t-shirts, tank tops, athletic shorts, tennis or swimming attire. Note: Not all clothing sold in the Pro Shop is golf course appropriate.
Junior Golf Policy
A Junior is defined as any child of a Regular Member under the age of 18. Children reaching the age of 26 may either become Intermediate Members or guest policies will apply. If an 18 year old that is a Regular Member’s child is still attending high school, they are eligible for junior golf. Any Regular Member’s child 18 years of age or has graduated from high school and will be turning eighteen during that same year is eligible to play in regular member events if not participating in Junior Golf, with the exception of Invitationals.
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.
The Junior Golf Course is open to children of non-golf members based on approval of the Golf Professional. Everyone who is playing the junior course must check in with the Golf Shop before playing. No power golf carts are allowed on the junior golf course. Priority of the junior golf course: 1) juniors up to the age of seven years; 2) eight and nine year-old children, only if they have never played golf before; 3) all others upon availability.
No one under the age of 16 years without a driver’s license is permitted to drive carts. Added caution must be used when the passenger is under the age of 16. 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 Clubhouse, 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.