BREC Golf Rules – BREC Golf

A. Tee Time Reservation Policy

  1. Tee Time Reservation Policy for 18-hole courses:
    1. Reservations may be made beginning at 12:00 noon, thirteen days in advance.
    2. Telephone reservations will be taken in the order which they are received.  Online tee times are available at Book Online.  Golfers can save money by pre-paying green fees and cart rentals online at Pre-Pay and Save.
    3. Tee time reservations may only be made online or by phone during the first 30 minutes of availability. After 12:30 reservations may be made online, by phone, or in person.
    4. Customers may reserve a maximum of 2 groups per tee time call.
    5. No standing tee times will be allowed for anyone.
    6. Reservations will be made only for groups of two (2), three (3), and four (4) players.
      1. Golf Course Managers may, by discretion, allow reservations for five (5) players.
      2. Reservations will not be made for single players.
    7. BREC reserves the right to pair up singles and twosomes with other player groups from the waiting list on the day of play.  Golf carts are limited to two carts per foursome or one cart per twosome.
    8. Course closures and or delays:
      1. Should a course be closed the entire day, all reservations for that day will be cancelled, efforts will be made to notify the public.
      2. If a course is closed only temporarily, as with frost, the reservations will be honored in the original order that they were listed on the tee time sheets.
  1. Tee Time Reservation Policy for 9-hole courses:
    1. Reservation policies are the same as 18-hole courses except;
      1. Every fourth tee time is reserved for walk-on golfers.
      2. Walk –on tee times may be reserved for league or outing groups.

B. General

1. The following activities are prohibited on the golf course grounds or facilities, except as approved by the BREC Commission.

a. Storage of personal or private property except in designated places as approved by the Golf Course Manager.
b. Solicitations of any kind.
c. Circulation or posting of handbills, petitions, advertising matter, promotional material, and literature of any kind whatsoever with the exception of golf tournament flyers approved by the Golf Course Manager.
d. Selling or giving away of any goods, wares, merchandise, advice, or service.
e. Carrying or discharging of any firearm, air gun, sling shot, or fireworks of any kind. Drugs, firearms, knives, or lethal weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited.
f. Trespassing on golf course property.  This includes practicing on the golf course.
g. Fishing, swimming, walking, jogging, bicycling, or picnicking on golf course property. Golf play is the only activity allowed on golf course property.
h. Use of any motorized vehicle with the exception of rented BREC golf cars.
i. Use of golf course for any purpose other than to play golf in an accepted manner.

2. All food and beverage must be purchased from BREC. No outside food and beverage allowed. The only exception to this rule is for doctor documented health reasons i.e. diabetes.

3. Throwing trash anywhere on the golf courses is prohibited by the Baton Rouge City-Parish Litter Ordinance.

4. It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter, linger, or loaf on the premises of the golf course; and unauthorized persons are not permitted on any facility.

5. Dogs, cats, or other animals shall not be brought on the golf course under any circumstances.

6. Cars must be parked in designated parking areas only, and overnight parking in lots is prohibited.

7. Local law enforcement agencies may be called upon for assistance in enforcing these regulations.

8. The following definitions will be used to identify persons allowed on the golf course:

Players – persons paid, registered in the pro shops, and playing golf.
Caddies – persons performing the duties of a caddie as defined in the USGA Rules of Golf.
Galleries – persons, other than players and caddies, allowed on the golf course during a particular event that has been sanctioned by BREC.
Spectators – persons on the course at time not defined above. Based on concern for safety, speed of play, and liability, spectators are not allowed on the golf course. Exceptions for allowing spectators must be approved by the course manager or his/her designee and meet the following guidelines: 1) Spectator must ride and remain seated in the power golf car at all times; 2) Spectator must receive an “approved spectator” receipt that has been signed and dated by the
course manager or his/her designee.
Caddies and galleries are part of the tradition of golf and are permitted during events that are sanctioned or approved in advance by the course manager or the owner.


C. Dress Code

1. Shirts and shoes must be worn in the clubhouses and on golf course property at all times. Men’s shirts must have sleeves. At Beaver Creek and Santa Maria shirts must have collars. Mock turtleneck shirts are acceptable attire.

2. Bathing attire, cut-off shorts, short shorts, halter tops, tube tops, tank tops, and similar types of recreational wear are not considered proper dress on any BREC golf course.

3. Only non-metal spikes are allowed on all BREC golf courses. Shoes worn on the golf course must be appropriate for golf, as determined by the golf course manager or superintendent.

4. This dress code is required for ALL visitors, golfers, employees, committee, and Commission members.

D. Golf Play

1. United States Golf Association (USGA) Rules of Golf and posted local rules will govern play at all times.

2. All players must pay the appropriate fees and be registered with the pro shop before playing any part of the golf course.

3. Practicing anywhere on the golf course at any time is prohibited. Players must only use the designated areas for practice.

4. Junior golfers, under the age of thirteen (13) years, may play on the golf course only when accompanied by an adult. See included junior golf age policy and BREC Li’l Chipper Program for further information.

5. Unless prior permission is given by the Golf Course Manager, golfers will tee off only between tee markers.

6. Holes must be played in sequence, and a golfer in the wrong fairway must give way to the players playing the proper hole.

7. No more than one golfer shall play out of one bag. Each player must have his/her own set of clubs.

8. It is the responsibility of each golfer to replace divots, rake and smooth bunkers, and repair ball marks or other damage on greens.

9. In the interest of all, players must play without delay, and all groups must keep their place on the course or allow following players to play through.

10. No play is permitted on a golf course that has been closed for any reason by the course manager or BREC.

11. All players must have a current cash register receipt from the golf course pro shop in their possession during play.

12. No more than five players may play together in the same group. Fivesomes will allowed provided that they must keep pace for no worse than a 4-hour, 15-minute round and/or keep pace with the group in front of them. Fivesomes who fall more than a hole behind the group in front of them will be reminded of the pace rule by the Marshal(s) on duty. A Marshal’s second warning (two holes later) will entail a warning that should the group fail to keep at least a 4 hour, 15 minute, 18 hole pace, that group shall break up into a threesome and twosome. The Marshal may suggest on the second warning that the group skip a hole. Should there be a need for a Marshal’s third warning, the Marshal will inform the group that since they have been warned twice that day and that there is no improvement in pace of play, the group must either break up or skip all open holes.

13. The golf course manager or BREC reserves the right to cancel playing permits for individuals or organizations using the golf course facilities, if at the time the conditions or situation justify such action.

14. Golfers may be refused privileges or they may be removed from the golf course by the manager or his/her designee for:

a. Submitting false information for the purpose of securing golf privileges.
b. Playing without paying appropriate fees.
c. Obvious inability to play golf and to maintain their position on the course.
d. Intoxication, disorderly conduct, or other behavior detrimental to the normal orderly operation of the golf course.
e. Failure to comply with the existing rules and regulations governing golf play, practice, operations of power or hand carts, personal conduct, or appropriate dress.
f. Use of profane language, abusive behavior, or disorderly conduct anywhere on the golf course property shall result in IMMEDIATE REMOVAL from the property. This rule shall be strictly enforced by BREC Golf Staff without exception.


E. Electric Golf Cars and Pull Carts

1. Specifications

a. Golf carts shall be four-wheel vehicles built by an established golf cart manufacturer to include safety features acceptable to BREC and to other agencies having jurisdiction over public safety.
b. Maximum capacity shall be for two persons and two sets of golf clubs.

2. Maintenance Requirements

a. Golf carts must be mechanically maintained, as required, to provide safety and reliable operation. They shall be inspected daily, and any unit which is considered unsafe or is in need of maintenance shall not be used until necessary repairs have been made.
b. Golf cart exteriors shall be washed daily, interiors shall be cleaned nightly, and upholstery shall be washed, as required, to remove grease and dirt.

3. Operation

a. No vehicle other than golf carts, electric hand carts, and/or pull carts (except as required for maintenance purposes) shall be permitted on the golf course without permission of the golf course manager.
b. The golf course manager or his/her designated representative may restrict or prohibit the use of any type of golf cart when such use would be detrimental to the condition of the golf course.
c. The golf course manager may prohibit the use of any cart which is considered unsafe or is in need of maintenance.
d. It is the responsibility of the golf professional and/or his staff to ensure that patrons are informed of the rules and regulations governing the use and operation of power carts, electric hand carts, and pull carts. Permanent written instructions should be attached to all power carts.
e. Golf carts and hand carts must be operated in accordance with published rules and in a manner designed to protect the golf course, speed up play, and ensure the safety of all players.
f. No more than two bags and two riders are permitted on a power cart.
g. Golf carts must be driven on cart paths except where otherwise authorized. The 90 degree cart rule shall be in effect at all golf courses unless otherwise posted. When golf carts are restricted to the cart paths after heavy rains all four wheels of the cart must remain on the paths at all times.
h. Golf carts must be kept at least 20 yards away from all greens and tees, and at least 10 feet away from sand bunkers when not on a paved cart path or where signage indicates.
i. Hand carts must not be taken over aprons, greens, tees, sand traps, or areas between the green and traps surrounding the green.
j. When play has reached the green, hand carts must be left at least 20 feet from the side of the green closest to the next tee.
k. Carts of any kind should not be driven or pulled through wet or muddy areas or over sprinkler heads.
l. The golf course pro shop staffs have been instructed to issue a “flagged” power golf cart to any person with an ADA-recognized or medically documented disability that requests it. Golfers using a flagged golf cart will be permitted to drive their golf cart within 20 feet of the greens, tees, and bunkers unless course conditions prohibit. In some instances after light rain events the golf course manager or his/her designee may allow flagged golf carts to
travel in the golf course “rough” areas but not on fairways or near greens even though other carts are restricted to the paths. If the golf courses are too wet or recent maintenance such as over seeding prohibits golf carts to travel onto fairways or near tees and greens the golfer will be asked to return another day when these conditions do not exist.
m. Single rider golf carts are available to golfers with ADA-recognized or medically documented disabilities. BREC’s two single rider carts are housed at Beaver Creek and Santa Maria. These carts may be transported to any of the other five BREC courses with at least three days’ notice. If a golfer with a disability requests a single rider cart when making a tee time the golf course manager should notify the Director of Golf to arrange delivery of the single rider
cart. Every reasonable effort will be made by the Golf Department to accommodate a single rider cart request.
n. Unless course conditions warrant keeping all golf carts on the cart paths or away from greens and tees (over-seeding) a golfer with a disability using a single rider cart may drive the cart on tees and greens and in shallow bunkers as needed to enjoy the game of golf.
o. Management will be responsible for training their staff regarding the Cart Flagging Policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the American with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).
p. It is the responsibility of every golfer to be familiar with, and to comply with, the rules and regulations covering the use and operation of golf carts. Failure to observe such rules and regulations could result in the denial of golf cart use and/or playing privileges.

4. Golf Cart Policy

a. MINIMUM AGE: 18: Golf carts cannot be rented to anyone or operated by anyone under 18 years old.
b. DRIVER’S LICENSE: All cart operators must have a VALID driver’s license.
c. CART RENTAL FEES: Cart rental fees do not entitle a renter to his/her own cart. They only entitle the renter to the number of carts needed for their group. For example a twosome is limited to one golf cart, and a foursome only requires two golf carts. If extra golf carts are available, a “single-rider” cart may be rented for an additional $10 fee ($24 total rental fee). This additional fee would allow a foursome to have a third cart.

5. Private Cart Policy

As of April 1, 2005 private golf carts are not allowed on any BREC golf course.

F. Crowd Photo Release (Events, Programs and Facilities)

When you enter or attend an event or program conducted by the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC), you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.

By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by BREC and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote similar BREC events in the future, highlight the event and exhibit the capabilities of BREC. You release BREC, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or sound recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, web casting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, web casting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by BREC or the person or entity designated to do so by BREC.

You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event.

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