Each player must furnish his own equipment for play, normally one club and two balls.
The player must receive approval by the owner of the course before play begins.
Unlike outdoor golf, the object is to get the club into the hole and keep the balls out.
For effective play, the club should have a firm shaft. Course owners are permitted to check shaft stiffness before play begins.
Course owners reserve the right to restrict the length of the club to avoid damage to the course.
Unlike outdoor golf, the object of the game is to take as many strokes as necessary until the course owner is satisfied. Failure to do so may result in being denied permission to play the course again.
Players are cautioned to select the proper hole for play.
It is normally considered bad form to begin playing the hole immediately upon arriving at the course. Instead, admire the entire course, paying special attention to well-formed bunkers. Ensure that the hole is well lubricated to aid in stroking. Additional lubricant may be added to the club, preferably by the course owner.
Players are cautioned not to mention any other courses they have played recently to the owner of the current course. Upset owners have been known to damage a player's equipment for this reason.
Players should ensure that their match has been properly scheduled, especially on a new course being played for the first time. Previous players have been known to get irate if they find someone else playing what they considered their own private course.
Players should not assume any course is in playing shape at all times. Some owners may be embarrassed to admit the course is temporarily under repair; the player is advised to use tact in this determination. In this case, more advanced players find alternate means of play.
It is considered outstanding performance, time permitting, to play the hole several times in one match.
Course owners shall be the judge of who is the best player. It is considered bad form for a player to reveal his score to other players or that he even played the course.
Players who have contracted for exclusive rights to play a private course are cautioned that information reaching the owner that he has played some other course may result in the contract being cancelled and a lawsuit.