Rules and Dress Code

Woodcote Park is the Club’s country estate, where you should always feel welcome and relaxed. Although there is no dress code in most areas, members and their guests are asked to dress appropriately for the Club environment, time of day and occasion.

You should never wear anything with potentially offensive slogans, that is dirty or torn or is inappropriately revealing.

We also have some specific requirements for when you are on the golf courses.

Woodcote Park Golf Rules

Local Rules

Woodcote Park Dress Code

Please click here for information about the dress requirements for the clubhouse and estate.

Golf Dress Code

We require golfers to be appropriately dressed for playing golf. This code applies to all members and guests, on both the courses and the practice range (but not the indoor simulator).


The following are not permitted for playing golf: any type of jeans; paramilitary or camouflage style, leather or tracksuits trousers.


Tailored shorts may be worn but multi-pocketed or ‘cargo’ style shorts are not permitted.


Skirts may be worn but must be appropriate for golf and the Club.


Socks must be worn with shorts, skirts and skorts. Short socks (including ‘shoe socks’) must be predominantly white, and long socks be of a matching colour.


Please ensure your shirt is collared and sleeved without rugby or football style numbers or names on the garment. Men’s shirts must be tucked into trousers and shorts at all times. Ladies may wear sleeveless tops, with collars. Shirts must be tucked in, or if designed to be worn outside, must be long enough to avoid showing midriffs.


Only golf shoes are permitted.


If of a peaked style, they should be worn with the peak in the front. Caps and hats must not be worn indoors.
The Club’s course marshals have the authority not to allow members or guests on the courses if these rules are infringed.

Golf Etiquette

It is requested that all members show respect to other golfers on the course and observe golfing etiquette at all times, as explained in the R&A Rules of Golf.

Hole Hopping

If for any reason you need to alter your position while playing on either golf course, please ensure that your actions do not in any way affect the order of play and neither cause inconvenience nor delay to other players.
In general, hole hopping is not condoned and members are asked to only consider this practice during quiet periods and when there will be no impact on other players.


In the event of an emergency on either golf course please carry out the following steps:
• Dial 112 for the emergency services, depending on the severity of the emergency.

• Notify main Reception on 01372 229276 if a first aider is required.

Please note that a defibrillator is always carried on the course marshal’s buggy. Course marshals are fully trained to use this medical equipment.

Thunder and Lighting

Should thunder and lightning occur, play will be suspended until the danger passes and you are able to re-start your game. The following signals will be used in the event of thunder and lightning:
• One prolonged siren = suspend play
• Two short sirens repeated = resume play


All children out on the courses are the responsibility of the adult member. Please ensure their safety and appropriate behaviour at all times.


Please respect our course marshals. They are there to ensure you get the full enjoyment from your round and they have the full support of the Golf Committee.

Ready Golf

‘Ready golf’ is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the ‘farthest from the hole plays first’ stipulation in the Rules of Golf.

When ‘ready golf’ is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players.

Ready golf’ should not be confused with being ready to play, which is covered in the Player Behaviour section of the Rules of Golf.

The term ‘ready golf’ has been adopted by many as a catch-all phrase for a number of actions that separately and collectively can improve pace of play. There is no official definition of the term, but examples of ‘ready golf’ in action include:
• Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options.
• Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.
• Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play.
• Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball.
• Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line.
• Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker.
• When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot.
• Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off.

Where possible, competitors should adopt ‘ready golf’ in all forms of play, including medal, Stableford and social rounds.