GOLF COURSE RULES AND
REGULATIONS OF PLAY
The Green Tree Country Club Golf Course Rules and regulations of Play are written and enforced in the spirit to enhance the enjoyment of golf, maintain the integrity of the game, protect the course and equipment, regulate the speed of play, insure the safety for players and honor the rights of the membership. Each player is requested to abide by these rules at all times. The Board of Directors has charged the Golf Professional Staff with the responsibility for monitoring play and reporting violations.
Violations of these Green Tree Country Club Golf Course Rules and Regulations of Play may result in action by the Board of Directors in the form of fines, suspension and/or revocation of Golf Facility Privileges.
The following rules have been written by the Golf Committee and approved by the Board of Directors on this day of February 1, 2007. These rules supersede and replace all previously published rules by the Green Tree Country Club.
1. GENERAL RULES
A. ALL GOLFERS must register and pay any fees in the golf shop before beginning play.
1) All play will begin on the starting tee designated by the Professional Staff.
2. Dress Code for Women:
Tailored golf length shorts, slacks or golf skirts are considered proper golf attire. Ladies are permitted to wear collarless shirts or sleeveless shirts. Tank tops, halter tops and strapless tops are not permitted on the golf course. Gym/athletic attire and workout clothes to include T-strap tops and athletic/gym shorts are not permitted. Sweat suits, swim suits and cut-off shorts are not permitted.
Junior players will be required to follow the same guideline as each gender.
Guests will follow the same rules as the members. Members are responsible for guests knowing and adhering to the rules.
Outside tournaments must follow the same guidelines as our members.
3. Dress Code for Men:
Collared shirts, Mock shirts with 1” collar and tailored slacks or shorts are proper golf attire for men. Tee shirts, gym/athletic attire to include athletic shorts, cut-off shorts, sweat suits, and swim suits are not permitted.
Metal spike golf shoes are not permitted on the golf course, practice area or clubhouse. Tennis shoes or flat soled shoes may be worn with the approval of the Golf Professional Staff
Metal spike golf shoes are not permitted on the golf course, practice area or clubhouse. Tennis shoes or flat soled shoes may be worn with the approval of the Golf Professional Staff.
A. Every player must have a set of clubs and golf bag. Two or more golfers playing out of one bag is not permitted.
B. Damage to any part of the Golf Course or Club Property is prohibited.
C. Golf play shall be governed by the U.S.G.A. rules as amended only by the local ground rules which are listed on the scorecard and by temporary changes necessitated due to conditions of the course.
D. Pull carts and golf bags shall not be allowed in the Club Building. There will be no pull carts stored in the club Storage Area unless approved by the Professional Staff.
E. Fishing for golf balls in any of the lakes is prohibited, except for the retrieval of your own golf ball. Only the standard type of ball retriever capable of retrieving one golf ball can be sued to recover your own ball and no rakes or other devices designed to gather or collect golf balls may be used.
F. Small children, other than junior golfers, that accompany adults playing golf are not permitted on greens, tees, or sand traps at any time. All juniors below the age of 12 must be supervised unless permission is given otherwise by the Golf shop staff.
G. In the interest of controlling liability for all golfers and for the safety of all others, bicycle riding, jogging and walking are not allowed within the boundary of the Golf Course at anytime.
H. No member or guest may bring any alcoholic beverages or food on the club property at any time.
I. The use of profane or abusive language is prohibited at all times.
J. No pets are allowed on Club Property at any time.
K. All private property is out of bounds. Do not hit golf balls from private property and do not retrieve golf balls from fenced private property without permission of homeowner.
L. Immediately notify homeowner or Golf Shop Staff is you accidentally break a window. (NOTE: Golfer’s Homeowners Insurance will usually cover this type of damage).
M. Green Tree Country Club requires that in the event of lightning and inclement weather when the horn is blown, the golf course is immediately closed. The golf course will reopen when the horn is blown with three consecutive blasts.
N. The use of Green Tree Country Club practice balls is prohibited outside the practice range facilities.
4. GUEST RULES
A. ALL GUESTS must register by signing the guest book and pay fees in the Golf Shop before beginning play.
B. Golf guest fees for Weekdays, Weekends and Holidays will be established by the Board of Directors. Members will be restricted to a maximum of four (4) golfing guests on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays and guests must be accompanied by the member. Additional guests must be approved by the golf Professional Staff. Each member will be allowed to obtain a guest card for a visiting family member or house guest who will allow the guest to utilize the Clubs facilities as a member for one calendar week seven (7) consecutive days. Each guest is limited to two (2) weeks per year. This guest must live out with 100 miles from GTCC and must be staying at the member’s house. Unescorted guests must reserved tee times through their Club Golf Professional or through a Member of Green Tree Country Club. Unescorted Guests MUST receive approval from the Director of Golf. Unescorted guests will be charged $20.00 above the standard rate. All guests are restricted to only playing 8 times per calendar year.
C. Members are responsible for their guests’ behavior and action.
5. STARTING TIMES
TIME RESERVATION PROCEDURE TEE
a) Starting times may be reserved for play three days in advance beginning at 8:00 AM
b) Reservations can be made by one of three methods. In person, online, or by telephone:
The procedure for making tee times in person will be as follows: At 7:00 AM the golf professional staff will provide a list in the golf shop that you may place your name on by the order in which you arrive at the club on that morning. The first name on the list will be permitted to make their reservation at this time; the others will be required to wait until 8:00 AM. At 8:00 AM the Golf professional on duty will take ONE reservation by phone and then return to the walk in list and take the next persons reservation. This rotation between phone reservations and in person reservations will continue until there are no more in person reservations. Also, beginning at 8:00 AM, online reservations are available @ Greentreecc.com. Only TWO tee times may be reserved at the same time by the same person.
Walk on players will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis and placed on a waiting list for pairing or cancelled tee times.
All tee times missed or delayed due to weather related conditions are considered cancelled. Tee times scheduled at the time the delay is lifted will be honored. Players not allowed to start play during the weather delay will be worked in at other starting times on a space available basis as determined by the golf staff.
Foursomes shall at all times have the right-of-way for starting times and course position. Fivesomes (5) are allowed at all times. All fivesomes (5) must ride in a golf cart on Saturday, Sunday and holidays before 2:00 PM unless allowed otherwise by the golf professional. Sixsomes (6) will be allowed only with prior approval from the Director of Golf.
Singles and twosomes are not allowed to play on Saturdays, Sundays, or Holidays before 2:00 PM unless approved by the golf professional staff. The professional staff reserves the right to pair up twosomes and singles.
6. SCHEDULE OF PLAY
A. The course will be played in the regular order of holes and cutting-in is prohibited, except with the permission of the Golf Professional Staff. Homeowners wishing to start on a hold other than the designated starting hole must call the Golf Shop for permission.
B. The pace of play and course position will be maintained at all times. If a group loses the distance of more than one clear hole behind the group in front, they must make up that distance on the next hole. Failure to do so will forfeit their course position.
7. GOLF CARTS AND PULL CART RULES
A. Golf carts shall not be driven across tees or between bunkers and greens or between bunkers and greens or within twenty (20) yards of any green. Heed Cart Direction Signs. Golf Carts are not allowed on the Practice Tee or the Practice Green Apron.
B. Around Tees and Greens golf carts must be kept on the cart paths. Golf carts must remain on paths on all par 3’s and other designated areas. This means all tires must remain on the pavement.
1) Handicap Rules
The Handicap flag policy of Green Tree Country Club is provided to assist players with physical limitations. The privilege using a Handicap flag obtained through application to the Green Tree Golf Committee. The Golf Shop staff can issue temporary privileges. Privileges must be renewed each year.
The following rules apply to Members and Guests who have received authorization for the use of a Handicap Flag.
• The Handicap flag must be picked up in the golf shop prior to play.
• The Handicap flag must remain on the designated cart throughout the round.
• Carts displaying the Handicap flag are permitted to leave the cart paths on all per three holes with the exception of #7 East.
• The Handicap flag allows the cart to be driven in the fairway on #5 West.
• The Handicap flag does NOT allow the cart to be parked any closer than 30 feet around the green. The provided cart paths are the preferred parking area for carts.
• The privilege of using a Handicap flag may be revoked if necessary.
C. No more than two (2) bags and two (2) players per golf cart. (Exception, infants may be permitted to ride at the discretion of the Golf Professional Staff).
D. Golf carts are to be operated from the left side.
E. All passengers must be seated inside golf cart when moving.
F. Only License drivers 16 and above will be permitted to rent club golf carts and private golf carts on club property when accompanied by an adult. CHILDREN UNDER 16 ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE GOLF CARTS.
G. Golf Cart Renter is responsible for any damage done to Golf Cart. Anyone damaging cart will be assessed the following:
1st Offense – $50.00 plus repair cost.
2nd and Subsequent Offenses – $150.00 plus repair costs.
H. Inspect your golf cart before and after use. Report any damage to the Pro Shop Staff.
I. Any golfer riding a golf cart without paying for the use of the golf cart or any golfer riding a golf cart and putting their personal pull cart is prohibited.
J. Golf carts must use crossing lanes going to and from the North 9.
K. Pull carts are not allowed on tees, greens or green aprons.
8. PRIVATE GOLF CARTS
A. Only Green Tree Country Club Estate Homeowners may own and drive private golf carts on Green Tree Country Club property. A yearly registration fee, payable in advance, must accompany the request for operating a private golf cart on the course. The fee is non-refundable.
B. No private golf cart will be allowed unless:
1) The golf cart has a tire size of at least 8 ½ “ x 8” and has approved tread patterns.
2) The golf cart is electric.
3) The golf cart is no more than five (5) years old or is otherwise approved by the Director of Golf.
4) The person driving the golf cart is a member of Green Tree Country Club and has a valid driver’s license.
5) The yearly fee is paid and the golf cart issued a permit. The yearly fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
C. Any rider of a private golf cart other than the immediate family of the permit holders will be charged the normal golf cart rental fee.
D. The yearly fee will be payable in whole and inspection made within thirty (30) days of notification of the expiration date of the permit.
E. The Board of Directors may revoke all permits at any time or may revoke individual permits for cause.
F. The operation of private golf carts are subject to the aforementioned cart rules. Private golf cart owners are required not to drive golf carts in fairways or to interfere or disrupt play when traveling to and from the clubhouse and home.
G. Private golf cart owners must register in the Golf Shop before beginning play.
9. HANDICAP RULES
A. All players are required to turn in scores for each 18-hole round or 9-hole rounds. In addition if a player plays 13 or more holes, he shall record a score for handicap purposes by adding to the number of strokes played, the total of par for the un-played holes plus any handicap strokes to which he is entitled on the un-played holes.
All scores must be attested by a member of a group. Unattested scores will be posted; however, such scores will not be valid for tournaments without review and adjustments by the Golf Committee and Tournament Committee.
To be eligible for club tournaments, members and guests must have a handicap established by a minimum of 10 current and attested scores with the handicap card and signature of authorization. Letters of handicap verification signed by PGA Professional or Handicap Chairman will not be accepted without formal petitioning of the Tournament Committee. Review of such petitions may result in handicap adjustments or disqualifications for tournament entry.
Scorecards must be noted which course is played, tees played and first and last names of all players and their member numbers.
All members may enter their own scores on the GHIN system handicap stations throughout the club. All away scores must also be entered.
10. JUNIOR GOLF RULES
A. Juniors under 15 years of age are allowed to play before 2:00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays provided they are accompanied by a parent unaccompanied play by juniors age 12 and above must be approved by golf professional staff. Children 15 years of age and over are allowed to play at anytime on weekends and Holidays with the approval of the Golf Professional Staff. It is the responsibility of the adult to ensure that such junior golfers’ play does not create slow play on the course. At other times, junior play will be regulated by the golf Professional Staff.
11. GOLF COURSE ETIQUETTE AND CARE
A. All ball marks on Greens must be repaired immediately.
B. Replace or repair all divots in the Fairways and Tees.
C. Do not Litter.
Green Tree Country Club offers a 27-hole golf course that is consistently ranked among the best conditioned, and most enjoyable courses in West Texas. With various tees available, players of all abilities can enjoy or test their game. In addition to regular recreational play, the Club also offers a variety of competitive or just-for-fun tournaments.
Green Tree County Club offers a full-service golf shop, indoor and outdoor practice facilities, along with outstanding professional instruction available year-round.
Hours: (Golf Shop) (March – October) 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., weather permitting. (November – February) 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., weather permitting.
Hours: (Golf Course) 8 a.m. until dark. Course closed on Mondays unless stated otherwise.
Carts: $14 Person, Club’s cart rules and regulations apply.
Guest Fees: $70 Weekdays – Cart and Tax Included.
$85 Weekends – Cart and Tax Included.
$125 House Guest Pass Cart not Included.
Unaccompanied Member Guest – Daily Rate plus $20.
Lessons: Junior Program: Year-round; Junior Program information available in the Golf Shop.
Tee Times: All Tee-Times are available 3 days in advance beginning at 8 a.m.
Golf Shop Phone: (432) 694-7726
The Golf Shop carries a wide range of products tailored to fit your everyday needs. Golf, Casual, and Business wear is available and the staff will be happy to assist you in ordering any item not in stock.
Green Tree Country Club Policy Regarding Golf Cart Operators
Numerous incidents involving improper operation of private golf cards on club property have been observed and reported by staff and club members during the past year. Several incidents were described as near misses. Of particular note is that these incidents involve underage drivers and sometimes too many occupants.
The City of Midland traffic ordinances provide an exception for Green Tree residents by permitting that golf carts can be driven on city streets within Green Tree for transportation between home and the golf course. However, the golf cart driver must be a licensed driver.
It is Green Tree Country Club’s policy that only licensed driers are permitted to operate golf carts on Green Tree Country Club property.
Green Tree Country Club’s Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interest of the club and our members to institute the following policy regarding improper operation of golf carts on Green Tree Country Club property.
The first offense will result in a warning. A second offense will result in a fine of $100. Repeat offenses and incidents of blatant disregard will be addressed individually by the Board of Directors. As a point of clarification, if you received a warning in the past, a new incident from this point forward will not be considered as a first offense.
Finally, although Green Tree Country Club has no jurisdiction on the city streets and alleys, we do encourage golf cart owners to consider the consequences of a serious accident involving an underage driver.
UNDERSTOOD AND ACKNOWLEDGED
Permit# __________ Date _____________
GREEN TREE COUNTRY CLUB
PRIVATE GOLF CART OWNER REGISTRATION
MEMBER # _______________________________
CURRENT STREET ADDRESS: ______________
DRIVERS LICENSE # ______________________
1. Only Green Tree Country Club Estate homeowners may drive private golf carts.
A yearly trail fee, payable in advance, must accompany the request for operating a private golf cart on the course. The fee is non-refundable.
2. No private golf carts will be allowed on the course or club property unless:
a) The golf cart has a tire size of a least 8 ½” by 8” and has approved tread patterns.
b) The golf cart is electric
c) The golf cart is no more than five (5) years old or is otherwise approved by the Golf Professional Staff and Greens Superintendent.
d) The person driving the golf cart is a member of Green Tree Country Club and has a valid driver’s license.
3. Any rider of a private golf cart other than the immediate family of the permit holder or
House guest of permit holder will be charged the normal golf cart rental fee.
4. The yearly fee will be payable in full, and an inspection made within thirty (30) days of notification of the expiration date of the permit.
5. The Board of Directors may revoke all permits at any time or may revoke individual permits for cause.
6. All members using private golf carts are subject to the aforementioned cart rules. Private golf cart owners are not to drive golf carts in fairways or to interfere or disrupt play when traveling to and from the clubhouse and home.
7. Private golf cart owners must register in the Golf Shop before beginning play.
Your signature confirms that all information is correct.
Any incorrect information can result in termination of private cart privileges.