Parents & Spectators

Parents and other interested persons are encouraged to be spectators. Upon the written request of the Rules Committee, or any member thereof, the DJGT Committee shall have the right to indefinitely suspend any parent or other spectator for any violation of the Tour’s Spectator Rules or for any unsportsmanlike behavior or other conduct which, in the opinion of the Committee, is inconsistent with the Tour’s purposes or is intended to interfere with the operation of the DJGT and its committees.

1. Must stay a minimum of 150 yards ahead of the competitors (i.e. walk a half a hole ahead of the group). Please do not follow directly behind the participants, as this often prevents the next group from being able to hit their shots.

2. Must Not give advice

3. Must Not walk in the fairway (Parents must stay on cart paths when present).

4. Can help to spot balls.

5. May carry food, water, medicine, umbrella, etc for the player

6. Should encourage their son/daughter to write thank you notes to the golf courses.

7. Motorized Golf Carts are not permitted, unless a medical condition is confirmed

 Advice - Definition 

Advice definition - is any counsel or suggestion that could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of a club or the method of making a stroke.

Rule 8-1: - During a stipulated round, a player must not:

1. give advice to anyone in the competition playing on the course other than his partner,

or

2. ask for advice from anyone other than his partner or either of their caddies

Any conversation between parents and/or spectators and a player on the course may be construed as violation of Rule 8-1 with the penalty for breach of Rule 8-1 in match play – loss of hole and stroke play – two strokes. A second violation of this rule will be a further two stoke penalty and a third violation will be disqualification of the player. Remember that players are responsible for the actions of their parents and/or coach.

Penalties can and will be assessed based on the appearance of communication, even if no actual advice may have been given. Spectators who need to talk with participants (ie. for health reasons, sunscreen, water etc.) should do so at a time in front of other spectators and/or other participants so there is never one-on-one situation between the spectator and the participant.

Some examples of advice are:

  •  Verbal communication with the participant.
  •  Hand signals to the participant, including gestures to influence player decisions.
  •  Providing participants with written material
  •  Positioning yourself as a spectator to assist the junior participant with aim or alignment.

Last Updated: March 2017