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Pines Country Club Rules and Regulations

Amended 7/29/2014

Violation of Rules

Violations of the rules should be reported in writing to the Bylaws/Rules committee or a member of the Board of Directors. The Bylaws/Rules committee will investigate violations and make recommendations to the Board. The Board will take appropriate action. Such actions may consist of a letter of warning, suspension, or expulsion.

Behavior Policy

The Pines will not abide any behavior by any individual on the premises of the Pines that is considered inappropriate, abusive, or threatening towards another person, their property, or property of the Pines. Such behavior will be considered a violation of these Rules and Regulations and/or the Bylaws of the Pines. Appropriate action, as defined within the Bylaws, Article VI, section 2, will be followed.

Alcohol Policy

The Pines provides its members and guests with an environment that is conducive to the enjoyment of recreational and social gatherings. The Pines is committed to act responsibly in the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. The Pines and/or its food service lessee, therefore, reserve the right to refuse the service of alcoholic beverages to anyone who, in the best judgment of the wait staff, may jeopardize his/her safety or the safety of others. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to anyone less than twenty-one (21) years of age. Valid identification is required. Because the Pines or its lessee maintains an ABCC license, all alcoholic beverages consumed on club property must be purchased from the Pines or its lessee.

Drug Policy

The use or sale of any illegal drug at the Pines is forbidden. The sale of any prescription drug at the Pines is also forbidden. Any member, guest, or employee who violates this policy will be reported to the authorities. Members violating the policy will be immediately suspended pending adjudication of the offense. Guests in violation of this policy will not be permitted to return to the Pines. Employees in violation of the policy will be terminated.

Liability

All members and guests who use or visit the Pines assume the risk of personal injury and/or loss or personal property. These persons release the Pines, its Board, and employees from any and all liability for injury or loss. Any damages to the Pines, its furnishings, its equipment, or its supplies caused by a member and/or their guest(s) will be charged to the member's account.

Dues and Accounts

All members are required to pay their dues and charge accounts promptly in order to ensure that the quality and integrity of the Pines is maintained. Statements of charges are mailed each month and are due upon receipt. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any member whose account is past due. Members, whose accounts are thirty (30) days past due, will be suspended and will not be permitted to use any of the Pines' facilities until such time as accounts are brought current.

Suggestions and Complaints

  1. Suggestions for the improvement of the operations of the Pines, the golf course, its pool, or its dining facilities should be made to a member of the Board.
  2. No member or guest - may directly reprimand an employee of the Pines or its lessee operator of the dining facility. Complaints concerning any inefficiency or discourtesy of employees or concerning the condition of the facilities should be made to the appropriate supervisor and/or Board member.

Golf Course

Respect for other golfers

Enjoyment of the game depends on course etiquette, mutual respect, and consideration of other players. Accordingly, players are expected to replace divots, rake traps, repair ball marks, and maintain an appropriate pace of play. Jumping around the course looking for open holes to play is not permitted. Players are also expected to treat other players with courtesy and respect. Players should not engage in threatening or provocative actions toward others. Such behaviors show a lack of decorum and are unbecoming of members of the Pines.

Golf Course Hours

During the season (April 1 through October 31), the golf course, pro shop, and the practice area will open daily weather permitting. During the season and except for holidays, the Senior Men's Association has priority on the course on Monday mornings and the Women's Golf Association has priority on the course on Tuesday mornings. On both days, tee times from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. are reserved for use by these associations. These days and times will prevail except on holidays or as modified by the Board of Directors. During the off-season (November 1 through March 31), the golf course hours will vary according to the weather.

In the event that weather conditions do not permit golfers to be playing the course, or impose a hazard to golfers or the course, signs will be posted outside the pro shop and on the 1st and 10th tees indicating that the golf course is closed.

Registration

It is mandatory that all golfers register in the Pro Shop before they commence play. Such registration allows the pro shop to know who is on the course in the event of an emergency and to provide the Board of Directors an important metric. 

Members will be issued a permanent bag tag. Tags must be displayed at all times. If your tag is not displayed or if you have not signed in, the Ranger will ask you to leave the course

Guests are required to register at the pro shop prior to commencing play and will be issued a bag tag for the day. Tags must be displayed at all times. If a tag is not displayed or if a member and/or guest does not sign in, the staff will ask that member and/or guest to leave the course

Starting

The Golf Professional, either personally or through the staff, is responsible for starting all golfers. In the Golf Professional’s absence, that responsibility will rest with the designated person in the pro shop. Normally, all play will begin on the first hole. Starting on the tenth hole requires permission from the pro shop. Golfers given permission to start on the tenth hole must ensure that there is not a group on the ninth hole. Groups are expected to report to the starter at the first tee in a timely manner. If one is late for one’s tee time, the tee time is forfeited.  The starter will give the late group the next open tee time.

Continuing Play

Players who are playing 18 holes are expected to continue play after the ninth hole. If players stop for lunch or for an extended period of time for other purposes, they will automatically lose their position on the course. Any player or group who voluntarily leaves the course for any reason (weather delays signaled by the siren are exempted), loses their position on the course. Such a person or group must be restarted by the pro shop that will endeavor to find an open hole on which the player or group may be restarted. If no such hole is available, the group will be restarted on the first hole. 

Priority on the Course

Play is under the supervision of the Golf Professional and the golf staff. Normal play is in a foursome. Single players are allowed, but they have no priority on the course. Fivesomes are not allowed except at the discretion of the Golf Professional or his assistant. Any violation of this rule will result in appropriate sanctions. The pro shop and the starter will endeavor to combine players into foursomes whenever possible. 

Junior Golfers

Golfers under the age of fifteen (15) will not be permitted on the golf course unless accompanied by an adult (age 18 or above) except during special junior golf events. Junior golfers over the age of 15 have the privilege of scheduling tee times just as a regular member. (See Bylaws Article 5 Section 2).

Lightning Policy

Caution: The Pines Country Club has been struck by lightning numerous times.

When weather capable of producing lightning approaches the area all golfers should use extreme caution. If a lightning storm is imminent, the golf staff will sound a siren. When the siren sounds, all golfers are required to leave the course or seek shelter immediately. Golf carts are not lightning proof.  Do not shelter under a tree as they conduct lightning to the ground. Outside activities may resume when authorized by the Pro Shop staff.    Golfers, resuming play, are expected to immediately return to the course at their previous location and resume play.  Golfers not abiding by this will lose their position on the course. Please also note that lightning is difficult to predict and the lack of a siren warning on any occasion is no assurance of safety against lightning.

Proper Attire

Soft spikes or spike less shoes are required. All members and guests are required to dress in appropriate golf attire, including collared or mock turtleneck shirts for men. Modest above the knee length shorts, skirts, or skorts are permitted. Denim wear, jogging attire, tank tops, T-shirts, and halter-tops are not permitted. Members are requested to inform their guests of this policy which will be strictly enforced. 

Slow Play

Golfers are expected to play in a timely manner. It is expected that players will complete nine holes in less than two (2) hours and fifteen (15) minutes. No more than five (5) minutes is permitted for searching for a ball. Slow players are expected to permit a trailing group to play through, provided that the next hole is open. While slow play can be a problem, it is important to remember that it is the pace of play, not the time it takes to travel the course that causes slow play. Each group is expected to stay up with the group ahead. The golf staff is authorized to require a group, which is lagging, to pick up and proceed to the next tee if they have fallen more than a hole behind the group ahead. 

Golf Carts/Walking

Except on holidays, members are permitted to walk and carry their clubs or use push/pull cart at any time Monday through Friday. All golfers are required to use club-owned motorized golf carts between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during the golf season. Guests are required to pay for a golf cart at all times during the year. Fees for golf cart rentals are available in the pro shop. Only licensed drivers sixteen (16) years of age and older may operate the motorized golf carts.

Handicaps

Members are encouraged to establish aUSGA handicap. The Pines uses the USGA “GHIN” system. The official handicaps are updated twice a month during thegolfing season. Members are expectedto edit and post all 18-hole scores for rounds played at the Pines, as well as scores from other golf clubs. Official handicaps are required to participate in Pines-sponsored events. If a player does not have an official handicap, that player must play at scratch or such other handicap assigned by the Golf Professional.

Golf Course Maintenance

In order to ensure optimal playing conditions, it is absolutely essential that all members and their guests respect the golf course. It is the responsibility of each member and their guest(s) to maintain or improve course conditions during play. 

Ball marks found on the greens are to be repaired. Divots are to be repaired or replaced. Bunkers are to be raked after playing from one. Rakes are to be left outside the bunkers.

Under some circumstances, it may be necessary to interrupt play for course maintenance activities. Be mindful of employees’ safety as you play through. When the range is closed for maintenance, no practicing is permitted until the range is reopened.

Golf Guests

Guests are welcome subject these rules and regulations. 

  1. Guest must be accompanied by a member and members are responsible for the conduct of their guests.
  1. Guests may play only four (4) times per season, April 1 through October 31.
  1. Members may make arrangements with the pro shop for relatives or houseguests visiting with the member (s) to play more than four (4) times over a period of two weeks. Such guests shall pay the full green fees and cart fees and shall be accompanied by the member during play.
  1. Arrangements for unaccompanied guests to play may be made by the Pines Golf Professional as an accommodation when requested by another club professional in accord with a recognized reciprocity agreement, but with due consideration to priority for members to use the course, density of play, and like factors.
  1. “Outings” in which non-members play golf are to be arranged through the tournament committee. Any “outings” on a weekend or holiday must not be scheduled before 1 p.m. and are limited to a maximum of twenty-eight (28) players. If the “outing” requires food or beverage, they must be purchased from the Pines or its food service provider.
  1. All guests shall pay full green fees and cart fees. 

Special provisions, including fees, have been made with select local hotels to permit hotel guests to play at the Pines during afternoons on mid-week days or at other times approved in advance by the Golf Professional.

Golf Cart Utilization

Members and/or guests must sign for a golf cart when they register at the pro shop. Persons who sign for the cart will be responsible for any damage that occurs to the cart. 

  1. All carts are to be returned to the pro shop or a designated area upon completion of the round. Any damage or mechanical problems must be reported at this time.
  1. Golfers utilizing a riding cart are requested to use the cart paths. During inclement weather, “cart path” only signs will be posted. This means exactly what it says (no exceptions). At other times golfers are asked to use the 90-degree rule. At such times the carts are to be driven as much as possible on the cart paths. No motorized riding carts are permitted closer than 60 feet to the greens on the fairways or the rough. Signage or chalk lines marking limits of cart usage are to be respected.
  1. Handicapped golfers are permitted to travel at their discretion and must display a handicap flag issued by the pro shop. Under no circumstances are they to drive the golf cart closer than fifteen (15) feet from the greens.
  1. To operate a golf cart the driver must be at least sixteen (16) years of age and have a valid driver’s license. 
  1. No more than two (2) persons are allowed to ride in a cart.
  1. Only two (2) golf bags are permitted on the golf carts.
  1. When operating and/or riding in a golf cart, standing up or leaning out of the cart is forbidden 
  1. Driving at excessive speeds or in a reckless manner is not permitted.

Golf Equipment Storage and Club Repair

Golf club and cart storage is available for a fee. Storage is under the supervision of the pro shop and fees for this service are established by the Board. Club repair is also handled in the pro shop. The Pines does not assume liability for golf clubs or carts that are stored at the Pines. 

Golf Practice Facility

  1. The golf practice facilities are under the supervision of the Golf Professional. These facilities will normally be open during pro shop hours.
  1. The practice facility and the practice putting green are available only to golfing members of the Pines and their registered guests.
  1. Appropriate attire is required at all times.
  1. Golfers are expected to hit only from the marked areas. They are not permitted to hit from in front of or behind the marked areas.
  1. Golfers are expected to abide by all the rules of the practice facility as posted. 
  1. The practice bunker is to be raked upon completion of the practice session. 
  1. Junior golfers under the age of thirteen (13) may only use the practice facilities and the putting green under adult supervision. 
  1. When the practice facilities are closed for maintenance and/or mowing, no one is   allowed to hit balls on any part of the practice facility.
  1. Range players have a legal and courtesy duty to use caution to avoid hitting balls in the direction of players on ten as well as players who are retrieving a ball from the driving range during the play of the tenth hole. Any range player who strikes a player during the play of the tenth hole is subject to legal liability. 

Restaurant/Banquet Hall/Lounge/Grill Room

  1. Food service hours and menus will vary with the season.   Hours will be posted in the clubhouse and on line.
  1. Proper attire, befitting a private country club, is to be worn in the clubhouse. Caps should not be worn in the restaurant, banquet hall, or lounge. The downstairs grillroom permits casual attire and the wearing of caps. Management will determine and enforce appropriate decorum.
  1. Members are responsible for their personal conduct and the conduct of their dependents and guests.
  1. Because the club or its lessee maintains an ABCC license, all alcoholic beverages consumed on club property must be purchased from the Pines or its lessee. This is the law, not a suggestion. 

Swimming Pool

The management of the Pines pool is under the jurisdiction of the Pool Committee of the Board of Directors.          

Opening and closing for the year

In general the pool will be open daily beginning the weekend of Memorial Day and will close on Labor Day. The Board may make changes to these dates. The hours of operation will be set by the Board and may be changed or limited as the season progresses. 

Health and Safety Rules

Guest Privileges

Members of the Pines and pool privilege members will be permitted to bring four(4)guests to the pool on any given day. Each guest is to register at the entrance to the pool and will pay the guest fee.

Each guest, whether a child or an adult,must be accompanied by a member and be registered before swimming.   Pool rules apply to guests as well as to members.

Pool Parties

The pool is available to members and non-members for parties at the discretion of the PoolCommittee or its designee.

Rental of the pool for private parties will be permitted based on a fee set by the Board. Renters must sign a contract subject to approval by the lifeguard staff and the Board. The contract for use of the pool will specify the duration of the party, the number of participants, and the number of lifeguards.

Food and beverages for parties are to be purchased from the Pines or its food service provider. Specialty items such as cake or ice cream may be supplied by the renter of the pool only in such cases as the Pines or it food service provider is unable to supply the desired item(s) and approves such item(s) in advance as part of the rental contact.

Parties must be conducted in accordance with the pool rules. All pool parties will be scheduled before or after the normal hours of the pool.