Alderbrook Policies & Etiquette
Course Policies and Etiquette
Our #1 priority is to make sure you have an enjoyable experience each and every time you play golf at Alderbrook. For this to happen we feel it is important for everyone to understand the policies and expectations of Alderbrook Golf Club. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the pro shop by phone (360) 898-2560 or by email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members may make Tee times 14 days in advance and non-members 7 days in advance by phone or in person with the pro shop at (360) 898- 2560 ext.1. Tee time reservations will soon be available on line. All players are encouraged to pair up into foursomes whenever possible to maintain reasonable pace of play. The pro shop will pair single and twosomes as whenever possible. Groups of 20 or more may book tee times as much as 12 months in advance, a deposit will be required to hold the time within 90 days of the event.
All players must register with the pro shop 10 minutes in advance of scheduled tee time. All players must have their own clubs and bag and be familiar with golf etiquette and club rules. All players must start on the #1 tee. All players must sign in before each round and have paid the appropriate green fees and cart fees if applicable.
Please remember, your group's place on the golf course is behind the group in front of you, not ahead of the group behind you! Reasonable time to play the golf course is 4 hours 20 minutes. Be ready when it's your turn to hit. Play ready golf. Play from the appropriate tees. It is recommended that the back tees be used only by players with less than a 10 handicap.
We welcome and encourage children to play golf, but for liability and safety considerations, non-playing children under 15 years of age are not allowed on the golf course. All players, regardless of age, must have registered with the pro shop prior to beginning play.
1st Warning - If your group falls out of position, you will be asked to re-establish your starting position.
2nd Warning - If your group fails to re-establish its starting position in 30 minutes, you will be asked to pick up and move up to the group in front of you.
3rd Warning - If you are unable to maintain this position, as a courtesy to your fellow golfers, your group will be asked to leave the course.
Operators of any motorized golf cart (rental or privately owned) on Alderbrook Golf Course must have a valid driver's license. For the safety of others, and in consideration of liability risks, children may not operate any motorized golf cart.
For the safety and consideration of our members and guests, pets of any kind are not allowed on the premise.
Dress code applies to the golf course and all practice areas. Clothing must be appropriate, clean and in good repair. Certain apparel is considered inappropriate, such as fleece or jersey sweat pants, tank tops, halter or fishnet tops, bare midriffs, T-shirts, cut-off pants (shorts), or gym, swim or tennis wear. Shorts must be mid-thigh length or longer.
No metal spikes allowed May 1st through September 30th, only green-friendly footwear will be permitted. The benefits related to soft spikes since 1997 are evident in the daily condition of the greens. Metal spikes are not permitted in Clubhouse at any time.
"No Shows" are expensive and costly to Alderbrook. Please be sure to cancel your tee time so that we may sell or assign it to another customer.
Alderbrook Golf Club host's tournaments and other events in which amateur players are eligible to win prize money redeemable for merchandise in the Pro Shop. Prizewinners of these tournaments are automatically entered into a temporary database in the Pro Shop in order to redeem their winnings. Please be sure to tell the Pro Shop Clerk you want your purchase charged against your winnings. Members must use all tournament winnings by December 31st of each year. Non-Members will have the remainder of the season, plus the entire following season, to redeem any tournament winnings. Otherwise, winnings will expire on Dec 31st of the following year. To inquire about your tournament winnings account, check in the Pro Shop.
Golfers are responsible for any property damage or personal injury resulting from inappropriate action or conduct.
If you witness inappropriate actions or club rule violations, please report them to the marshal, pro shop, or management for immediate action.
In general, the golf course is open for play whenever it is possible for it to be mowed. Early in the spring, especially when frost remains underground the course may look playable, but it will remain closed until all the frost has thawed. This will prevent damage to the course. Please believe us when we say that we want you out there as soon as possible in the spring!
Heavy rains may force closure of the course during the season, but these closures usually last a day or less. In the fall, when the ground begins to freeze and daytime temperatures barely reach above the freezing mark, is when we consider closing the course for the day or as needed.
Frost damage is very difficult to predict. Sometimes walking on frost-covered turf results in turf grass injury and death. Sometimes there is no damage. In general, we feel that once the air temperature rises above freezing, the likelihood of frost damage seems to diminish even though there may be visible frost. We take a "better-safe-than-sorry" attitude when it comes to play on frost; accordingly, we prohibit play until the frost has melted.
Our recommendations is that the sand and seed mixture be used on all divots instead of replacing your divots. If you do not have sand and seed with you, then please replace your divots! Containers are available for purchase in the Pro Shop.
We mow our temporary greens in the fall and during greens aerification. Please take a free drop off the temporary green whenever they are mowed.
We aerate and topdress the greens to relieve compaction and control thatch by getting air & nutrients to the roots. Thatch is the "spongy" material you feel underfoot. If it gets too thick, the greens will get bumpy, slow, and eventually fail. Topdressing helps to keep the putting surface smooth. This is the single most important maintenance practice for maintaining a quality putting surface.
Golf courses are not naturally occurring entities. They are highly manipulated playing surfaces and utilize fertilizers and pesticides to keep them at optimum health and playability. We apply as little as possible, but as much as we can afford. We post notifications at the pro shop and on the golf course when applying applications.
We wish we had the budget to hire enough people and purchase additional equipment to get the course mowed and prepared for you before you arrive. Since this is not possible, we do the best we can, but we can always use your help! If you can, please wave us on to keep mowing whenever the noise will not bother you. Given the size of the Alderbrook Golf Course and our limited staff, we have to move quickly and efficiently. Every time we stop to wait, it dramatically affects the time it takes to mow the golf course. Please forgive us if we get too close!
It is our goal to make the greens as fast and smooth as possible, but the slope on several of our greens will limit the speed of our greens to about 9.5 feet on the stimpmeter. For special events, we may quicken them up a little, but on a daily basis, we will shoot for 9.5 feet.
Our staff moves the cups on a daily basis during the heart of the golf season. We direct our staff to try and place cups in "fair" locations, which would generally be no closer than 9 feet from an edge and not on or near slopes that are severe. This is not an easy task on some of our greens.
Do not hit into a golf course maintenance employee unless you are sure he/she is aware of your intentions. Your impatience may result in a serious injury, and no one wants that! There are liability issues to consider as well, so please think before you hit. Would a few more seconds really be unreasonable to wait? Thanks for your help!
A few things to remember about golf cart use at Alderbrook Golf Club:
1. Member carts must have a current trail fee sticker. Guest carts must have a daily trail fee receipt with them.
2. Green Flag - Use the cart paths and the 90-degree rule. Yellow Flag - Handicap Flagged carts can use 90-degree rule. Red Flag - Cart Path only.
3. Carts must remain on path for all par three holes and hole #8.
4. Use the minimum number of carts per group. Four golf carts for four players is poor golf etiquette.
5. Slow down in the parking lot and near the clubhouse. Always be aware of pedestrian and automobile traffic.
6. Broken golf carts out on the golf course may not be removed or towed by an automobile or truck. Contact the pro shop for proper towing.
Do not start play on any hole other than #1 unless authorized by the Pro Shop. This is unfair to other players who may be cut off, and dangerous for your maintenance staff who may not be aware of your sudden presence.