Rules & Etiquette

Golf is a game of tradition. Obeying rules and etiquette keep the game special


To ensure everyone has a great experience on the course at Tacoma Country & Golf Club, we ask that all members and guests observe basic rules and etiquette governing play and personal conduct. 


Please check in with the Golf Shop prior to play or when utilizing the range.

Ready Golf

TCGC culture embodies a brisk pace of play. Everyone is expected to complete their round in four hours or less. Remember that your place on the course is immediately behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you.  If a hole is open in front of you and a group behind you is playing faster, please invite them to play through.

Consideration for other players

No one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke. No player should play until the players in front are out of range (being hit is never fun).

Golf Power Cart Rules

  • Do not drive the cart within 30 yards of the green; never drive between bunker and green.
  • Avoid accumulated water or soft turf areas.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license to rent a cart.
  • No more than 2 players and 2 sets of clubs may be carried on a cart (unless approved by the Golf Shop staff).

Pull Cart Rules

Please do not pull carts close to the green or between greens and bunkers, i.e., do not go between the water and the 15th green.

Bunker Etiquette

Prior to entering the bunker, locate the low point which is where you should enter and exit. To avoid damaging the bunkers, never jump in or jump out using the grass face as a step.  Sometimes it helps to take the rake into the bunker with you so that you aren’t unnecessarily walking back and forth which creates more work for yourself during the raking process.  Once you’ve hit your shot, rake the sand in a manner to eliminate your footprints and most of all leave the sand in a condition that you yourself would like to have found it.  Lastly, when placing the rakes, the handle should be placed on the bunker edge, with the remainder of the rake inside the bunker. This will prevent the golf ball from coming to rest against the rake.

Divot Repair

Repairing your divots is fundamental to maintaining good course conditions and just good golf etiquette; you always want to do your best to leave the course better then you found it. You should either replace your divots or fill them with sand and seed.  Doing this shows that you care about keeping the golf course in good shape and helps maintain the golf course. We have sand and seed stations located at: #1 tee, #2 tee, #3 tee, #6 tee, behind the golf shop in the back covered area, #12 tee and #13 tee.


Repairing ball marks is another cornerstone in golf etiquette.  Nothing is worse than getting onto the green and seeing several ball marks left by others; not only does this hurt the green, but not catching this could mess up a putt for you.  Always carry a repair tool with you, and quickly fix the green to be flat.  Complimentary ball mark repairs tools are located next to the pro shop outside TV.  If you have any questions on how to repair a ball mark, please connect with one of the TCGC Professional Staff members.

Golf Course Etiquette

Foursomes have priority. If you have a twosome, you do not have priority on the golf course; if it is possible for the foursome to let a twosome play through the foursome will follow proper etiquette.

If you tee off the back nine, you do not have priority on the front nine. You get in line behind the groups teeing off on number one. All players must have the pro’s permission to tee off #10

5-somes are allowed at the pro’s discretion


While playing a stroke or making a practice swing make sure no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club. Always yell “fore” if your ball is hit toward another golfer, as this gives the person time to cover their head.

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