Guests must be accompanied by the Member or Privilege Holder to whom their fees are charged, except under the Rule of 7/11 (see below). Members and Privilege Holders are responsible for the conduct of their guests and all charges incurred by them. Guest green fees are approved annually by the Board of Governors and published in the separate Dues and Fees Schedule.
The Director of Golf Services must be notified in advance by email or telephone when Members and Privilege Holders intend to bring guests to golf. Members and Privilege Holders may not just show up with guests. Upon advance notification of a request for guest play, the Director of Golf Services will advise the Member or Privilege Holder of the time for the group to tee off. On the day of play, Members and Privilege Holders must register each golf guest with the Director of Golf Services before playing. Strict compliance with this policy is required to ensure proper enforcement of guest play limits established by the Board of Governors. Members are asked not to request guest groups without having first made definite plans with their intended guests.
Capacity permitting, normal guest play hours are as follows:
Monday: No Guest Play. Club is closed.
Tuesday thru Thursday: 2-3 Guests permitted starting at 9:00 a.m.
Friday: 2-3 Guests permitted from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday & Holidays: 2-3 Guests permitted starting at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday: 2-3 Guests permitted starting at 11:30 a.m.
One guest per foursome is permitted at any time as the schedule allows.
Members and Privilege Holders are responsible for checking the monthly calendar for special events or course maintenance issues that might prohibit guest play on either course. If in doubt, please call the Club.
A maximum of six guests will be permitted to tee off on each course in hourly intervals during normal guest play hours and will be spaced by the Director of Golf Services to avoid crowding on the first tee.
Regular and Regular Senior Members (as well as Senior Emeritus Privilege Holders) are limited to 24 guest rounds per Golf Season. Junior and FPP Privilege Holders are limited to 16 and 8 guest rounds per Golf Season, respectively. Guests of spouses and children aged 22-24 of those opting for Family privileges will be included in the Member's or Privilege Holder's guest rounds allotment. Non-Resident and National Privilege Holders are limited to 20 guest rounds per Golf Season.
The "Golf Season", for the purpose of these policies, is defined as May 1st through October 31st. During the winter season (November 1st through April 30th), guest allotment limits do not apply, and reduced guest green fees may apply as set from time to time by the Board of Governors and published in the separate Dues and Fees Schedule.
Spouses and immediate family of Members and Privilege Holders who have not opted for Family privileges are considered guests of the Member or Privilege Holder. Such spouses and immediate family are not included in the guest rounds allotment of the Member or Privilege Holder and pay reduced guest fees as set from time to time by the Board of Governors and published in the separate Dues and Fees Schedule. For these purposes, "immediate family" includes sons/daughters, mothers/fathers, brothers/sisters, fathers/mothers-in-law and grandchildren.
No individual may play as a guest more than 3 times in any calendar month nor more than 10 times in any one Golf Season.
The Rule of 7/11 affords Members and Privilege Holders the opportunity to host 7 to 11 guests at one time. Rules of 7/11 do not count against guest round limits for the Golf Season. A request to host a Rule of 7/11 must be made to the Director of Golf Services. Approval of the request must subsequently be confirmed by the Director of Golf Services. Rules of 7/11 can be hosted only on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:30-2:00 p.m. and only one group will be permitted each day. Only one 18-hole round per day will be permitted for guests playing under this privilege. The host Member or Privilege Holder must play in the final group to ensure a steady pace of play.
Policies at Winged Foot
Winged Foot is a golf club with great traditions. We have inherited two magnificent golf courses designed by a genius of 20th century golf course architecture, Albert Warren Tillinghast, who considered Winged Foot to be his greatest design achievement. Winged Foot is thought by many to have the best 36 holes of golf at any club in the world. We are heirs to great golf traditions that date back to the founding of the Club in 1921. All of us sense these traditions every time we enter the Club grounds and approach our magnificent Clubhouse. Our Clubhouse remains one of the most iconic in the golf world designed by Charles Wendehack. Mr. Wendehack was considered at the time to be the finest Clubhouse architect in the world.
A round of golf at Winged Foot always starts with the Director of Golf Operations and you must check in with him before the start of a round. Winged Foot is primarily a walking course. The Director of Golf Operations will assign caddies at the beginning of a round.
Pace of Play
The Golf & Tournament Committee supports the "ready golf" rule from the R&A. "Ready golf" refers to a method for golfers to speed up play. Simply put, "ready golf" means that each golfer within a group hits when ready. Ready golf allows the golfers within a group to take their swings when each member of the group is ready to play. If you reach your ball and are ready to hit, while other members of your group are not yet prepared, then go ahead and hit - even if you are not away."
The foursome constitutes the basic unit of golf at Winged Foot and is a tradition at Winged Foot. Each foursome should keep pace with the group ahead. When singles, twosomes or threesomes find themselves behind foursomes, particularly on weekends, they should not press to "go through" – especially if the foursome is keeping pace with the group directly ahead. If a group fails to keep pace with the group ahead and an open hole separates the two games, common courtesy allows the faster group "play through." Equally important, the group playing through should return the courtesy by playing rapidly with a minimum of delay. Fivesomes are not allowed, except from December 1 through March 1, and then only with permission of the Director of Golf Operations.
Practice Area - Putting Greens Etiquette
All persons using the Driving Range and Practice Area are expected to adhere to the Club's dress policy.
The Club practice areas and putting greens are an integral part of our facility. Guests are expected to exercise proper etiquette and care while using the practice areas and range. Balls must never be hit over the driving range net for obvious safety reasons and a violation of this rule will result in disciplinary action by the Board of Governors. When there is a wait for teeing space at the range, you should limit your practice time to allow others an opportunity. When chipping, pitching, or hitting sand shots onto the practice green, please check for and repair ball marks, rake the bunker, and place practice balls back in the shag basket or designated area. Children who are not playing golf or practicing are not allowed on the golf course, greens, bunkers or practice facilities. Parents are responsible for the close supervision of all children while on the Club premises.
Caring for the Courses
Guests are expected to show all others on the golf course the courtesy and respect that is traditional at Winged Foot. Moreover, all players and their caddies are requested to help maintain the fine condition of our courses by properly repairing ball marks on the green (fix your own mark and one other), replacing divots and raking bunkers. All divots except those shattered, are to be replaced; divot mix is to be used along with replaced divot, or to fill an empty divot hole.
Alcohol Consumption Policy
New York State Law forbids serving any alcoholic beverage to an intoxicated person and imposes liability on any person or institution (including a private club). New York Law also expressly prohibits any person or institution from selling or serving alcoholic beverages to a minor, actually or apparently under the age of twenty-one, or to any visibly intoxicated person.
The Club has a non-delegable duty to control the service of alcoholic beverages on the premises and to insure that the members' use and enjoyment of the Club's facilities are not impaired by conduct associated with the excessive consumption of alcohol.
Procedures for refusing service to minors and refusing or terminating sales to persons who are or appear to be intoxicated have been established and communicated to all staff personnel. Staff personnel are expected to implement the policy courteously, but firmly. In doing so, they will have the full support of the Board of Governors and officers of the Club.
Members and guests are not permitted to take alcoholic beverages from the Club to a motor vehicle. It is unlawful for a person to have in his or her possession alcoholic beverages in an open container in the passenger area of a motor vehicle of any kind on a public roadway.
Staff personnel also have been requested to make every effort to provide alternative means of transportation to any persons who are or appear to be intoxicated. If any situation arises that needs immediate attention please contact the General Manager, the Club House Manager, or someone on the management staff. They have the full support of the Board of Governors concerning alcohol related issues and are encouraged to proactively enforce the Club's alcohol policy.
While it is the intent of the Board of Governors' to implement this policy through supportive and cooperative measures, sanctions, including suspension or termination of Club privileges, may be invoked in the case of flagrant or repeated violations or in the event of abusive conduct toward staff personnel attempting to implement the policy.