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. 


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.

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).

Pace of play

In the interest for all, players should play without delay.  Play a provisional ball if you are not sure your ball is in play or lost.  If your group falls more than one hole behind, the group in front should allow the group behind to play through if they are waiting. A foursome is expected to complete a round in 4 hours.

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.

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.

Raking Bunkers

Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made while hitting the shot out of the bunker.

Place rake along the edge, INSIDE the trap, with the handle on the lip of the grass.

Divot Repair

In taking practice swings, players should avoid causing damage to the course, particularly by the tees.  Players should ensure that any divot hole made by him/her and any damage to the putting green by a ball is carefully repaired.  Please take a container of sand/ seed on your cart and repair your fairway divots with this mixture, or replace your divot whenever possible.  Due to the sand and seed mixture, DO NOT put sand in divots made in the rough.

Golf Course 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.

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.

5-somes are allowed at the pro’s discretion from November 1 through February 28

5-somes will not be allowed between March 1 and October 31

All players must have the pro’s permission to tee off #10

Dress Code