Play safe and have fun!

Keeping a reasonable pace and practicing good course etiquette will create safe, enjoyable and fun playing conditions for all. Scores can also improve with better concentration and consistency between shots.

A foursome tees off every eight minutes. When groups follow a consistent pace this spread is maintained. Play gets backed when groups fall 10 or more minutes behind. Being polite and waving quicker groups through actually slows down the pace of play, with those behind still held up waiting to play.

The maximum recommended time for a round of golf varies by course:

Course Length Time
Dentonia Park par three course 2 hours and 30 minutes
Don Valley regulation size course 4 hours and 15 minutes
Humber Valley regulation size course 4 hours and 15 minutes
Scarlett Woods executive length course 3 hours
Tam O’Shanter regulation size course 4 hours and 15 minutes


  • Proceed safely and directly to your own ball
  • Plan your shot and select your club while approaching your ball
  • Get set while other players are taking their shots
  • Take one or two practice swings at most
  • Hit your shot as soon as safety and courtesy permits
  • Understand the rules of the game – especially those about balls out of bounds, water hazards and lost balls. If you aren’t sure what the rules are, ask a golf marshal.


  • Play from tees that match your skills – it’s faster and more fun.
  • Wait with your club in hand well behind tee markers and help spot the location of everyone’s tee shots.
  • Wait until all tee shots are made before proceeding to your ball
  • The first person to putt keeps going until they putt out followed by the others in their group. This keeps play moving and eliminates the need for markers.