Course Etiquette

Sene Valley Golf Club, Hythe

To help us maintain the course in the best possible condition for the enjoyment of all, and for safety,

We request you to adhere to the following:
Please observe as a matter of courtesy when you are driving to and from the clubhouse car park, that if members are teeing off on the first, that we stop and allow them to take their shots before moving off.
Please repair your divots.
Please repair all pitch marks.
Please drive buggies safely, and with consideration for others.
Please do not take any shot until it is safe to do so.
Please give priority to any walkers on the public footpaths across the course.
Please do not take buggies or trolleys inside the greenside bunkers, or onto the tee boxes, aprons or greens.
Please do not take buggies or trolleys inside any white lines.
Please do not play from an area encircled with a white line, or marked GUR.
Please do not carry your golf bag across, or place it on the greens or tee boxes.
Please keep up with the game in front.
Please allow faster games to play through.
If you lose one clear hole from the group ahead or are searching for a ball – please invite the group behind to play through.

Note: that a single player has standing on our course, but not the priority to play through.
In case of a medical emergency on the course – please contact the Manager or any available Greenkeeper.

Note: that other players nearby may have a mobile phone available – see below.
No calls are allowed to be taken or made whilst in the clubhouse. Smartphones may be used for the calendar, email, etc.

Mobile Phones

Please switch off your mobile phones when on club premises, especially the bars, the restaurant, and the course.
You are encouraged to carry your mobile phone on the course to use in case of emergencies, however, it MUST be switched off or to silent mode AT ALL TIMES on the course, except for an emergency.

Mobile phones may otherwise be used in the car parks, and the main clubhouse foyer only – but please do not disturb others.
Smartphones may be used for silent applications such as calendar, emails, etc.

Distance Measuring Devices

Devices which measure distance only are allowed for all play (social and competition) at Sene Valley Golf Club.

They must not be capable of gauging or measuring other conditions that might affect play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc) as this would be in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty in competition play is a disqualification. If in doubt, you must confirm that your device complies with Decision 14-3/0.5.

The sharing of these devices does not constitute a breach of the rules, as it is sharing of public knowledge, not advice (see Decisions 5-1/5, and 8-1/2). However, the sharing of a device which is capable of measuring other conditions

(see para above) will result in disqualification from the competition of all players involved.

During winter months if conditions dictate, power trolleys and pull trolleys may be banned to protect the course,

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.

“Ready golf” is not appropriate in match play due to the strategy involved between opponents and the need to have a set method for determining which player plays first. However, in stroke play formats it is only the act of agreeing to play out of turn to give one of the players an advantage that is prohibited. On this basis, it is permissible for administrators to encourage “ready golf” in stroke play, and there is strong evidence to suggest that playing “ready golf” does improve the pace of play. For example, in a survey of Australian golf clubs conducted by Golf Australia, 94% of clubs that had promoted “ready golf” to their members enjoyed some degree of success in improving pace of play, with 25% stating that they had achieved ‘satisfying success’.

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 this Manual.

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 are:

  • 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.

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Sene Valley Golf Club

A fantastic undulating Henry Cotton designed course with amazing views and established greens, providing a true test of golf that can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities.

Contact Details

Blackhouse Hill
CT18 8BL

Phone: 01303 268513
Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday
Pro-shop 8.00am - 4.30pm
Clubhouse 8.00am – Dusk
Office 9.00am - 4.00pm

Saturday – Sunday
Pro-shop 8.00am – 5.00pm
Clubhouse 8.00am – Dusk
Office 10.00am - 4.00pm


Steve Hunt 01303 268513
[email protected]

Membership Enquiries, Golf Society Bookings & Room Hire
Donna Brandon 01303 268513 (opt: 1)
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Bar & Restaurant

John Prest 01303 268513
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Bar Manager
Steve Hunt 01303 268513
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PGA Professionals

Aaron Galbraith 01303 262550
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Greg Holman 01303 262550
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Head Green Keeper

Jay Motta 01303 268513

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