Rules and Etiquette


Pace of Play
IGC has a very clear, member benefit strategy and policy in regard to acceptable Pace of Play. The Club officials and the Course Marshals are empowered to implement the Pace of Play policy to facilitate member and guest enjoyment of their golf at IGC.

The full Pace of Play policy and program is published on the IGC website  under ‘Our Club’ and is then under the ‘Member Handbook and Policies’.


All members are encouraged to familiarise themselves with its content.

Local Rules – follow this link to view the current IGC Local Rules

Observe Tee Markers
Members must play from the teeing ground set by the Course Superintendent.

Course to be followed
Players must observe the round as laid-out, and not ‘cut-in’ anywhere on the course.


It is each golfer’s responsibility to attend to their divot by knocking the edges of the divot in using the golf club and then fill the divot with sand and leveling with your foot. The dislodged turf should not be replaced.


As we are all aware, landing in an unrepaired divot is extremely frustrating. Unrepaired divots also encourage weed activity.

All players must carry sand buckets and use the sand provided to repair divots.

Animals Banned
Members must not bring dogs or other animals on the course or into the Clubhouse.

Children not to be unattended
Members must not allow children under the age of 12 years to be unattended on the golf course and should ensure safety is considered at all times.

Care of Flags
Members must not clean or wipe balls on the flags.

Purchase of Balls on Course Banned
Members must not purchase balls from caddies, employees, or other persons on the course other than the Club’s Professionals, or the Club’s representatives.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is permitted in the designated smoking areas around the Clubhouse. Smoking on the golf course is permitted on the 3, 5, 7 & 9th holes of each of the Red, Green, Blue & Gold nines. The consumption of food in these designated smoking areas is against the law. It is against the law to smoke outside of these areas and a fine of $150 per individual and incident, if caught, will be imposed by a Qld Health official.

Please note that all staff have been directed to advise members & other patrons of these laws and ask that they are followed.

Rules of Golf App

The Official App for the 2019 Rules of Golf includes nearly 30 diagrams and how-to videos that help to explain the Rules and gives guidance for many common situations. 

 Other features include:

  • Improved Search Functionality
  • A Visual Search – to help you quickly find the Rule you need
  • Rules of Golf Quiz
  • A Rules Essentials Section which includes animated videos of the Top 10 Rules
  • The App is now available in more than 10 languages
  • Download on the Apple App Store  
  • Get it on Google Play


Dress Code


Playing or Practicing Golf – Policy – Neat, clean attire is to be worn at all times and should reflect the status and dignity of our membership and Indooroopilly Golf Club.


Shirts must have collars, sleeves and be clean.
Shirts with turtle necks or mock turtle necks are permitted.

Trousers and Shorts
Trousers and shorts must be tailored, neat, clean and worn with a belt.
Denim, pants or shorts with a drawstring or elastic top, are not permitted.

Shoes must be clean, fully enclosed and worn with socks.
Golf shoes must not have metal spikes.
In the clubhouse enclosed shoes may be worn without socks. 


Golf Attire
Golf clothing similar in style to what is sold in the Club’s Golf Shop should be a guide if any doubt as to whether an article of apparel is suitable or not.
Shoes must be clean, fully enclosed and worn with socks.
Golf shoes must not have metal spikes.
Denim, pants or shorts with a drawstring or elastic top, are not permitted.

Logos, brand names or advertising on clothing must be discreet

Tailored shirts may be worn outside the pants.
Enclosed shoes may be worn without socks.
Golf attire may be worn (bottom of shoes should be cleaned before entering the area)
Denim may be worn as long as it does not have a torn, worn-out or dirty appearance.

Unacceptable Attire
Clothing or footwear that may be construed as gym wear, beach wear,
T-shirts, dirty or torn garments, work boots, thongs.


The following are also Club rules.Players must arrive and register at the Starters Box 15 minutes prior to hit-off time.

  1. Players must arrive at the 1st tee before the previous group leaves the tee
  2. 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.
  3. The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before the opponent or competitor tees off.
  4. No player should play until the players in front are out of range. If a group falls behind and can’t catch up, they must call the next group through, if the Course Marshal so directs.
  5. Except from the teeing ground or on the putting green, players should without delay, play all shots when they are ready and it is safe to do so irrespective of which player is furthest from the hole.
  6. Players searching for a ball should allow other players coming up to pass them; they should signal to the players following them to pass, and should not continue their play until those players have passed and are out of range.
  7. All players must use the rakes provided to smooth out footmarks etc after playing from the bunkers and leave the rakes in the centre of bunkers, parallel to line of play but not on the sloping sides.
  8. In the general area a player should ensure that any turf cut or displaced by them is repaired at once, and any damage to the putting green made by the ball or the player is carefully repaired.
  9. Players should ensure that neither they nor their caddies damage the hole by standing close to the hole or in handling the flagstick. The flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green.
  10. When the result of a hole has been determined, players should immediately leave the putting green. Players are also requested to pick up their ball when they are unable to record a score on a hole.
  11. Motorised carts should be kept to paths where appropriate and at least 10 metres from greens, and 5 metres from tees and bunkers. All cart operators are to observe yellow lines and ensure carts are kept outside yellow line defined areas.
  12. Mobile phones shall NOT be used on the courses during any club competition. Members are encouraged to read the full policy material on the website to familiarise themselves with the strategies in place.