B.C. Golf Player Code of Conduct Policy
B.C. Golf takes great pride in the quality of its competitions, which would not be possible without the active support and assistance of its provincial partners, host facilities and broad community involvement at each competition. In order to continue making B.C. Golf competitions enjoyable for everyone, all players are required to adhere to the B.C. Golf.
Player Code of Conduct. The B.C. Golf Player Code of Conduct must be followed by all players and caddies (when permitted), on and off the golf course, throughout the entire competition, including the practice round(s).
All players are expected to act and play in the spirit of the game by:
• Acting with integrity – for example, by following the Rules, applying all penalties, and
being honest in all aspects of play.
• Showing consideration to others – for example, by playing at a prompt pace, looking out
for the safety of others, and not distracting the play of another player.
• Taking good care of the course – for example, by replacing divots, smoothing bunkers,
repairing ball-marks, and not causing unnecessary damage to the course.
Violations of the Code of Conduct:
• Unsportsmanlike conduct, including bullying, harassment, discrimination, intimidation,
abusive or offensive language, club throwing, disrespect to volunteers, referees,
officials, host facility personnel, other players, or spectators or abuse of golf course
• Consumption of alcoholic beverages, cannabis or any illegal substance on the
competition course or any designated practice areas.
• Possession or consumption of alcohol, tobacco (smoking, vaping or chewing) products
or any illegal substance in junior competitions or by minors in any competition, on or off
the course, throughout the entire competition.
• Failure to adhere to the dress code policy while on the host facility property.
• Any vandalism or abusive behavior whether at the host, or other, hotel or to a host
family, or their property.
• Any other conduct unbecoming of a player in a B.C. Golf competition occurring
throughout the entire competition.
Note: For more information on the definition and concepts of bullying, harassment, discrimination and abuse please refer to the B.C. Golf Recognition and Prevention of Discrimination, Harassment and Violence Policy and the B.C. Golf Recognition and Prevention of Abuse Policy.
Code of Conduct Penalties:
B.C. Golf has adopted the Local Rule under Rule 1.2b setting standards of player conduct on the golf course during play. The B.C. Golf Tournament Committee may assess any or all of the following penalties outlined below, based on the severity and frequency of the violation.
• One penalty stroke
• General Penalty (Two stroke penalty)
Note: Under Rule 1.2a, a Committee may disqualify a player for serious misconduct for acting contrary to the spirit of the game. Unacceptable behaviour that a player may be penalized for during a round, may include:
• Failure to care for the course, including, but not limited to the failure to fill or replace
divots, rake bunkers, or repair ball marks.
• Unacceptable language.
• Abuse of clubs or the course.
• Being disrespectful of volunteers, referees, officials, host facility, personnel, other
players or spectators.
Note: Every athlete and other person participating in the competition shall reasonably cooperate with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) or another anti-doping organization investigating anti-doping rule violations and that a failure to do so may be the basis for disciplinary action. Any suspected breach of this policy may be reported to any member of the B.C. Golf tournament committee or referee. The B.C. Golf Amateur Competitions Committee is the sole judge in determining conduct unbecoming and may assess any or all of the preceding penalties based on the severity and frequency of the current or past violation(s). Any Code of Conduct violation will result in a written letter to the player. In the event of a suspension, the player will be required to submit a written account of the Code of Conduct violation to the B.C. Golf Amateur Competitions Committee within 30 days of the suspension. The Committee will determine the length of the suspension after reviewing all submitted materials, including a B.C. Golf tournament official/staff account of the violation. Any player who is under suspension will not be eligible for post-season honors. All instances of abuse, bullying, harassment or discrimination require an incident report to be compiled by the tournament director who must also notify the B.C. Golf Ethics Commissioner of any such Code of Conduct violations, as well as the sanctions imposed as a result of such violations.