Brightwood Golf & Country Club Course Policies

All guests of Brightwood Golf & Country Club are asked to please become familiar with and observe the rules and policies of Brightwood Golf & Country Club. Your co-operation will help ensure that everyone will enjoy a positive experience. In particular, Brightwood members are encouraged to ensure their guests are familiar with the following club policies.

General

Brightwood Golf & Country Club will not tolerate any abusive behavior towards staff or fellow golfers. Those who fail to adhere to this general rule will be asked to leave the premises immediately.

Please help us keep our course in pristine condition by repairing ball marks, replacing divots and raking bunkers. Please keep all power carts off of tee boxes and greens.

Alcohol & Cannabis Consumption Policy

Brightwood Golf & Country Club encourages members and guests to enjoy the congenial social atmosphere of the course while acting responsibility in the consumption of alcoholic beverages. All alcoholic beverages will be served in strict compliance with Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Commission (NSAGC) regulations.

Brightwood Golf & Country Club has adopted a zero tolerance policy on excessive drinking. Members and guests are not permitted to consume alcohol to the point of impairment. It is also the service team’s legal and moral responsibility to ensure members and guests refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages to excess, thereby protecting their health and safety.

Brightwood Golf & Country Club management and staff who serve alcoholic beverages have been instructed and trained to refuse such service to any person who appears to have consumed alcoholic beverages to the point of creating a potential inconvenience or danger to themselves or others.

Members and guests are not permitted to bring their own alcohol onto club property. All alcohol sold and consumed on club property must be sold and served by Brightwood Golf & Country Club staff. Members and guests, who are found to have brought their own liquor onto the golf course, will be asked to leave immediately with no refund of any fees provided.

Brightwood Golf and Country Club does not permit the consumption of cannabis , in any form, on club property, unless approved in advance due to a medical situation.

Liability

Golfers are liable for any and all damage they may incur while playing at Brightwood Golf & Country Club. We encourage golfers to consider their surroundings when choosing which club to hit. Golfers are required to report any errant shots that enter homeowners’ property to the Pro Shop. Brightwood Golf & Country Club assumes no liability with regards to errant golf shots and damages done by its players

Brightwood Golf Cart Rules and Regulations

  1. Players are to obey all cart traffic rules and signs.  Cart users are expected to use the paths around greens and tees.2. Do Not drive golf carts within 30 feet of a green or a tee except upon designated cart paths. These areas are especially susceptible to damage by the wheels of golf carts and compaction which can result in damaged chipping and pitching areas.3. Carts must not be taken onto the sloped areas of green, on green approaches, or between bunkers and the putting surface. E.g. Not between # 9 green and # 10 tee. (This was actually witnessed by members.)4.Golf carts are not permitted on or near any tee area. Parking of golf carts is allowed in designated areas only.5.Never drive a golf cart through a hazard. Be careful to avoid soft areas on fairways, especially after rains. Drive in the rough whenever possible.6. Always use golf cart paths where provided, especially near tees and greens. players are required to drive carts on cart paths only on Par 3 holes.7. When carts are on cart paths keep all four wheels on the path. You can see the damage that has been done to the sides of paths over the years by this practice not being observed.8. When conditions dictate the 90-degree rule, access or cross fairways only at right angles. Without exception (including those with Blue Handicap Flags)9. When a “carts on paths only” sign is posted, keep carts on the cart paths.10. When there are “Ground under repair” signs or if the hole is roped off, the signs and ropes are to adhered to without exception.11. Golf carts shall be driven on the golf course only when the course is open for play.12. Cart operation that is damaging to the course will be dealt with in the following manner. – Verbal warning and suspension of cart privileges to offender.Please see video on USGA Course Care golf car and pull cart etiquette.http://www.usga.org/videos/2013/03/05/usga-course-care-video–golf-cart-and-pull-cart-etiquette-220501.html

Handicap Cart Operations

The Brightwood Golf & Country Club recognizes that individuals using “blue flags” require some relaxation of normal cart use rules in order to allow them to enjoy their round of golf through improved access, minimizing physical demands and maintaining an appropriate pace of play.

At the same time, “blue flag” users must be aware of the potential damage created by carts and the resulting requirements to additional maintenance. We trust that the following guidelines will allow “blue flag” users to continue to enjoy the game while ensuring that the course maintains the level of quality expected by members and guests.

1. Players with special Handicap cart operating needs should see the Golf Professional.

2. Handicap carts must have a blue handicap flag as provided by the Pro Shop. – Players with handicap flags shall:

a. Drive behind the green, if feasible, to achieve access to the green from the rear and get no closer than 15 feet from the green. Parking carts at the front or sides of the greens is prohibited.

b. Obey all other golf cart rules and follow all direction signs on the golf course.

It should be understood that the relaxed cart rules are intended to provide
assistance to the “blue flag” user only, and are not for the use of the passenger. Cart use to and from the passenger’s ball shall conform to normal cart etiquette and rules of use.

Pull Cart Rules and Regulations

Pull carts are not permitted on tees, to be pulled across tees and greens, green aprons or between greens and bunkers.

Pace of Play Policy

1st offence – Discussed with player/member by the Club Professional
2nd offence – Letter from the General Manager
3rd offence – Suspension of booking privileges at the discretion of the Board.

Pace of Play Standard

Brightwood’s Pace of Play Standard is 4 hours and 4 minutes

No Show Policy

1st offence – Discussed with player/member by the Club Professional
2nd offence – Letter from the General Manager
3rd offence – Suspension of booking privileges at the discretion of the Board.

Lightning Safety Policy

In the interests of members and guests safety play will be suspended should there be risk of lightning in the area.

If there is a risk of lightning play MUST be discontinued.

One long continuous blast of the horn signals suspension of play.

All members and guests must adhere to the Club’s policy of immediately stopping play and seeking shelter. Players should stop play and seek shelter any time they believe lightning threatens them, even if a signal has not been sounded.

If you see lightning or hear the horn the following will apply:

  • Play is automatically suspended on the sound of the horn; a player may not override the Policy decision to evacuate the course.
  • No one will be permitted to tee off until cleared by the Proshop.
  • When play is safe to resume players may proceed back to their position, Two blasts of the horn will signify to resume play.

Brightwood Golf and Country Club is not held responsible for removing members and guests from the golf course.

Brightwood Golf and Country Club Dress Code

  • No Jeans Permitted on the Golf Course
  • Golf shoes, golf sandals or flat soled shoes must be worn at all times. Soft Spikes are mandatory.
  • Shorts are acceptable providing they are mid-thigh in length.
  • No cut-off shorts, sweatpants, gym shorts or gym pants are allowed. No tank tops, No T-Shirts are permitted.
  • Women are not permitted to wear halter tops, or short shorts.
  • Men must wear a collared shirt or a golf mock shirt.
  • Anyone violating these regulations will not be permitted to play.
  • Jeans are permitted in the Clubhouse only. Hats must be removed in the Dining Room

Members please ensure your guests are aware of our regulations before arriving at the course.

These regulations will be enforced by the Staff and Management of the Club.

Raincheck Policy

The following is our raincheck policy at Brightwood Golf & Country Club.
“Rainout” is defined as course conditions that is unplayable, as determined by our Course Superintendent.   Should this occur while you are on the golf course, then the following policy is in place to properly compensate you, our guests.

Should the course be closed due to a rainout, thunder and lightning, then the following policy will also be implemented.

  • If you play between 1-5 holes, you will be compensated for a full 18 hole raincheck.
  • If you play between 6-13 holes, you will be compensated for a 9 hole raincheck.
  • If you play past the 14th tee shot, then NO raincheck will be provided.