Club Rules
Golf is a game with many rules and traditions, and also a number of players “expectations” when on the course. This is called golfing etiquette. These are actions centred around giving consideration to others on the course and keeping the course in good condition.
Our Club Licence regulations require all members to carry their membership card on them while enjoying a drink in the Lounge. Please also ensure you sign in your visitors – the visitors book is kept with the Bar Manager on the Bar and must be signed before they can be served.
Café is open 7 days a week. Phone Gillian 029 771 8833
Monday – honesty box.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Saturday 7.30 to 5pm. Sunday 8.30 to 5 pm.
Sandwiches, pies, quiches, toasted sandwiches, sweets.
Coffee – espresso, long black, latte, cappuccino, flat whites, etc.
Breakfasts available at opening hours or earlier by arrangement.
Catering for large golf groups and other functions by arrangement with the Club office and Gillian.
If you have any special dietary needs, please contact or advise the caterer prior to your round of golf.
There will be food available during all bar hours.
The Clubhouse is always available to hire for private functions (seminars, birthdays, Christmas and staff functions). Certain conditions apply. Please direct all enquiries to the office.
For a full list of all competition conditions, please see office for further information
No complaints will be considered unless submitted in writing addressed to the President (club related) or Men’s or Women’s Club Captains (golf related) and handed into the office.
  • Players MUST NOT SHARE CLUBS when playing a round of golf.
  • No one should move, talk or stand close to, or directly behind the ball, or the hole, when a player is making a stroke.
  • No player should play until the party in front is out of range.
  • A single player is a group but and should give way to any matches.
  • Any match playing a full round is entitled to pass a match playing a shorter round.
All Players MUST replace fairway divots and before leaving the green, carefully repair all pitch marks.
An acceptable dress standard is required at all times; both on the course and in the Club House.
Singlets, tank tops, sleeveless shirts, board shorts, rugby shorts, and hoodies are NOT ALLOWED ON COURSE OR IN THE CLUBHOUSE.
Approved shoes are standard golf shoes or flat soled ordinary shoes. Ripple or ribbed sole shoes are not permitted. Shoes worn out on the course are not permitted in the Clubhouse.
DURING SUMMER SEASON – Boat shoes, sandals and jandals are acceptable in the Clubhouse.
Members are to maintain and help enforce the acceptable standard of dress.
During the winter months when there is a frost delay, tee times involved will be delayed. The Professional and or Golf Coordinator, after consultation with the Course Superintendent or representative, shall advise when play may commence. For the players who tee off from 11.00am onwards, they shall alternate with the turning morning players as required. There is to be NO PLAY until the time indicated and then only at the direction of the Starter.
When adverse weather conditions preclude the continuation of play, the siren shall be sounded once to advise suspension of play. When sufficient time has elapsed to make a final resolution, play will resume or a second siren will indicate abandonment of that day’s play.
The use of GPS-linked and any other measuring device is allowed, provided their use is limited to measuring distance only.
A multi-functional devise, such as a Smartphone or PDA, may be used as a distance-measuring device, but it must not be used to gauge or measure any other conditions.
Please report to the Pro shop on arrival to pay your green fees and if a cart or any equipment is required please pre arrange this at least 8 days prior to your booking. Affiliated visiting golfers are required to produce their Club Membership Cards and also have it readily available when upstairs in the bar lounge.
All members are required to scan their OWN card in the club foyer after checking it has been correctly marked and signed by both player and marker. If you do not complete your round please mark the card Did Not Finish (DNF) and put into the slot by office door. If 13 or more holes are played, the player must post an 18-hole score (this can be done by the scanner using the edit function, then select “more” on keypad and select “not completed”. Do this hole by hole until all holes show as completed and are not flashing. If at least 7 holes are played, the player must post a 9-hole score (edit hole by hole as above).
18 Hole players are now able to submit a 9 hole round for 18 hole handicapping purposes. Once submitted, it remains in the system until a further 9 hole card is submitted and then matched to the first 9 holes making a complete round. The two separate 9 hole rounds can be played on different days at different courses.
Members & visitors should become familiar with the local rules that appear on the back of the scorecards. Any daily or weekly alterations will be printed on the inside of the scorecard.
The recommended time for a round of golf on our course is 4 hours, 16 minutes, as stipulated by New Zealand Golf Pace of Play guidelines. There is a timing sheet available on our website or a copy can be collected from the Office.
  • When the result of the hole has been determined, players should immediately leave the putting green and proceed to the next tee.
  • Players, while looking for a lost ball, should allow matches following to pass them; they should signal to the players to pass and, having given such signal, they should not continue their play until those players have passed and are out of range.
  • Walk briskly between shots to help speed up play.
  • If you are losing ground on the players in front and the players behind are waiting, please call them through.
In the interest of all, players have an obligation to play at a reasonable pace. A slow player at the start of the field can ruin the day for the players behind. The Club calls on all groups to ensure they give way where necessary and this will enhance the pace of play and enjoyment for all members.
Practice is permitted only in the following designated areas:
  • Main putting green in front of the Club House – no chipping allowed onto this green
  • Chipping green to the rear of the Club House – no further than 3 metres from the green please
  • Driving range adjacent to 1st fairway – balls to be purchased from Pro Shop;
  • Driving nets behind the 1st fairway tee blocks
  • Bunker and chipping green adjacent to 10th fairway – safe use requires every golfer to be in control; mindful of distance and other golfers using the facility
  • 6 hole course – entry from Omarunui Road
  • Bunker play to green – adjacent to 11th hole
  • Practice area adjacent to 12th fairway - car park access from Links Road:
    • if there is more than 1 person on the practice area balls can only be hit from the tee box area towards Links Road
    • safe use requires every golfer to be in control; mindful of distance and other golfers using the facility
Practice on the course and the 6 hole course is only permitted if the golfer is not:
  • delaying play
  • using more than 2 balls.
The Club has reciprocal arrangements with the following clubs:
NELSON GOLF CLUB (50% of Green Fee)
MANOR PARK GOLF CLUB (50% of Green Fee)
MASTERTON GOLF CLUB (50% of Green Fee)
If planning to visit these clubs, please ring first to establish if space is available. To receive the privilege offered under these arrangements, members MUST produce their membership cards on arrival at the course.
LOCALLY, the Club has arranged with the Hastings Golf Club, Hawkes Bay Golf Club and Maraenui Golf Club, for members visiting those clubs at a reduced Green Fee, Hastings $30, Hawkes Bay $25 and Maraenui $20.
To be eligible for this privilege, your Home Club must be The Napier Golf Club and you MUST PRODUCE your Membership Card when making payment.
Please check the start sheet and report to the Pro Shop to collect your scorecard from the card printing kiosk before commencing your game.
The hole-in-one insurance you have taken out covers you for the following:
  1. A mention in the Club’s newsletter and other media
  2. Your name engraved on the Hole-in-One Board
  3. An engraved Rimu Upstand with all your Hole-in-One details
  4. An optional NZ Golf Hole-in-One Badge. Please notify the Office if one is required; the current Cost is $8.50.
  5. Vouchers to the value of $200 for your Hole-in-One which can be put towards the following four options:
    1. A shout at the Bar in the Clubhouse
    2. A Donation to the Club’s Course Maintenance Programme to be used towards the purchase of shrubs, trees, or something specific which you can nominate
    3. Purchases from our Pro-Shop
    4. A Donation to Napier Junior Golf
You MUST have an official NZ Golf Handicap and be a financial member of The Napier Golf Club Inc.
You will have paid the Hole-in-One Insurance through your Napier Golf Club Membership Subscription.
Your scorecard used to claim your Hole-in-One must be an official one obtained from the Pro-shop BEFORE going out on to the course and MUST be verified by office before the Voucher credit can be given.
The scorecard MUST show all your Membership and handicap details, be dated, and be signed by you and your marker.
A minimum of 7 holes must be played on a registered NZ
9-hole golf course to be eligible.
Incomplete scorecards returned will not be accepted.
Any changes to be made to the start sheet on the day of play must be done through the Pro Shop or the Office please. This will ensure everyone is accounted for and players are not left on their own through cancellations. If you are bringing extra players out to play, please contact the office to ensure there is still a spot available.
Please remain in your allocated tee time. Do not “hop” around the start sheet to play with someone else, leaving players on their own. This is particularly embarrassing when visitors have been booked in with members and are then abandoned.
All games are to be played in fours or less, unless authorised by the Pro, Starter or Manager.
  • On a two tee start no play to commence from ANY tee between 9am and 11am and between 1pm and 3pm. Players arriving after 9am and 1pm may only start with the approval of the Pro, Starter or Manager.
  • Players who reach the turn before 9am and 1pm MUST give way to starting players.
  • Please report to the starter 15 minutes prior to your booked time or be at the tee ready to start at the time booked.
  • No balls to be placed in chutes until all players are in the vicinity of the Clubhouse.
  • During the summer season, games are to commence from the No 1 tee only. Players who commence from the No 10 tee will have no right of way at the turn.
  • It is essential to advise the Pro Shop Ph 844 7970 or office 844 7913, if you are unable to play at the appointed time. If you are late on arrival and miss your tee-time, you may have to consider other available tee times.
    To assist the listing of correct addresses, emails and telephone numbers, please notify the Office staff
    ph 844 7913 as soon as possible should these alter. Any incorrect email address will not allow you to make Internet Tee Bookings or receive regular Club newsletters. Members are reminded to submit in writing to the Office, any changes relating to their playing category and also if you intend to resign from the Club.
    Trundlers must not be taken within two metres of the green. Where there is less than two metres between the bunker and the green, the trundler must be kept outside the bunker.
    Anybody using an electric golf cart must observe all markers, ropes, signs, stakes, tapes; must stay on paths where provided; keep more than 10 meters away from any bunker, green or tee box.
    If the use of an electric golf cart is required when playing any Women’s Club competition or Tournament, a current Medical Certificate MUST be lodged at the Office.