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Home Club Tee Time Access Priority

In order to protect Members' access to tee times at their Home Club, the Director of Golf at each property will designate tee times for the Home Club Members only during high-demand periods, the high-demand periods may vary and are defines by the Home Club Member's playing patterns. Generally, these times are on weekends and holidays from opening to noon; and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from noon to 3:30 p.m. At our Resort properties, these times are from opening until 1 p.m. Initially, limited Associate times are available during high-demand times; more are released to the Associate Club Member if the Home Club bookings are slower than anticipated.

Golfing Guests

Through LinkLine, Members are able to reserve for up to three guests, except for Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays from opening until 11:00 a.m. where one guest may be introduced. Subject to availability, requests for additional golfing guests may be made by contacting your Director of Golf at your Home Club. This applies at your Home Club or for Reciprocal Play. The frequency for introduction of the same guest is limited to twice per month. However, out-of-town golfing guests of Members may play an unlimited number of rounds, upon payment of the applicable guest fee in any two-week period, once per season. Guests must be accompanied by a ClubLink Member at all times unless prior arrangements are made with the golf shop.

Course Etiquette (General Information) Including Safety

Please use this information as a reference and see the Golf Shop staff if you have any questions.

  • Always replace your divots and/or fill with sand and seed mix provided

  • Keep pace during your round

  • Be quiet when golfers are preparing to hit their shot

  • Always rake bunkers after use

  • Play `Ready Golf' but always be aware of fellow golfers' position around you

  • Respect on course signage and directions from Starters and Play Coordinators

Checking-in at the Clubhouse

Members must check-in at the Golf Shop prior to using the golf amenities at any ClubLink Club, and must carry their Membership card with them at all times. Members must present their Membership card when making any purchases on their ClubLink account.

When using the Practice Facilities, please make sure you check in with the Golf Shop or the range attendant (where applicable) prior to use.

Photo I.D.

ClubLink Members must present their photo Membership identification cards at all times when practicing, playing or dining at any ClubLink facility.

Non-Compliance Policy

If Home Club Members wish to entertain Non-Home Club Members in Home Club designated tee times on Saturday, Sunday and Holiday mornings prior to 11 a.m., a 1:1 ratio of Home Club Members to Non-Home Club Members is required. In the event a Home Club Member wishes to entertain additional Associate Club Members in an applicable Home Club designated time, a 'non-compliance fee' of $60 will be charged to the Member making the reservation.

Tee Time Reservations

Members have seven-day advance booking privileges (exceptions may be arranged for special circumstances through the Home Club Director of Golf or Head Professional). Tee times at all courses may be arranged through LinkLine (ClubLink's centralized tee time reservation system). To a maximum of two tee times per phone call. For your convenience, a LinkLine courtesy phone is available at each ClubLink facility. When booking tee times, Members are required to provide the name of each person in their group in order to eliminate double bookings by Members (thus using valuable tee time inventory for alternative Member Bookings.

Tee Time Cancellations

Non-weather related tee time cancellations are required no less than 48 hours prior to play. To cancel a player or an entire tee time, Members may contact LinkLine or the Golf shop directly. In the event the cancellation policy has not been adhered to, a $60 'no show' fee will be charged to the Member who made the reservation.

At Glen Abbey, Member cancellations are required 48 hours prior to play regardless of weather conditions. To cancel a player or an entire tee time, Members must contact Glen Abbey directly. In the event the cancellation policy is not adhered to the applicable, regular guest fee for each player of the foursome will be charged to the Member who made the reservation.

Dress Code Policy

Appropriate golf attire must be worn at all times, both on the Golf Course and in the Clubhouse.

Appropriate Golf Course attire includes: Collared golf shirts, turtlenecks, or mock-neck shirts. Golf slacks or golf shorts. Shirts must be tucked in at all times unless the style of the shirt dictates otherwise. Caps can be worn with the peak forward. Golf shoes or any athletic shoes without spikes while on the golf course. 

Inappropriate Golf Course attire includes: Jeans of any kind, gym shorts, track / sweat suits, beach wear, ripped or frayed clothing of any kind. Shoes with metal cleats or spikes.

Appropriate Clubhouse attire includes: Collared shirts, turtlenecks, or mock-neck shirts. Shirts must be tucked in at all times unless the style of the shirt dictates otherwise. Golf slacks, golf shorts, jeans.

Inappropriate Clubhouse attire includes: Ripped or frayed Jeans or clothing of any kind, gym shorts, track / sweat suits, beach wear. Shoes with metal cleats or spikes.

If you are unsure about your attire, feel free to speak to the Director of Golf at your Club for further direction.

Soft Spikes

ClubLink courses are soft spike only. This policy reflects our ongoing effort to provide you with the best possible course conditions. Please make every effort to communicate this policy to your guests.

Cart Rental

Members have the choice to walk and carry their clubs, or to use a power cart or pull cart except at Glen Abbey and The Club at Bond Head which are cart mandatory properties. In conjunction with the rental a golf cart, the driver/renter of the cart accepts that he or she will operate the cart in a safe manner, will adhere to all rules set forth by the Club and/or ClubLink, and accepts complete liability for any damages to the golf cart or personal property. The driver/renter voluntarily agrees and accepts the risks of using a golf cart, and on behalf of the driver/renter, any passengers in the cart, any personal representatives and heirs hereby voluntarily release ClubLink its owners, officers, employees, and agents from any and all claims, actions, causes of actions, suits, judgments that may in any way or manner arise out of use of the golf cart. It is strictly forbidden that a minor or any individual without a valid driver’s license operate the golf cart. The driver/renter of the golf cart will return the golf cart to the locally designated return area, not leave the golf cart in the car parking lot and for further safety will have possession/control of golf cart keys if the golf cart is ever left unattended.

Pull Carts

Pull carts are not to be pulled across tees and greens or between greens and bunkers.

Power Caddies

Power Caddies are welcome on all ClubLink golf courses. However, Power Caddie storage services are not available at ClubLink clubs.

Pace of Play

Our Three Flag System

It is important to understand what is an appropriate pace of play, and not to generalize or suggest that a standard round at every club equate to 4 hours. We follow an objective to rate by time, how long it should take a foursome to play each hole at the respective club. By rating each hole, we can formulate an appropriate pace of play for the front and back nine (the pace of play for a front nine and back nine often differ). The resulting pace of play for eighteen holes will often exceed four hours. More consistent course playing times can be achieved with a greater pace of play awareness. The Starter and Play Coordinators facilitate this awareness.

Staying position on the course will positively affect the course pace of play. ClubLink has adopted a three flag system (green, yellow and red) called "Let us bring you up to speed." The flag system is used to identify a group’s position on the course relative to the group ahead. In cases where the group in front is not relevant (may be the lead group of the day), the colour of flag will indicate the group's position on the course relative to the start time and expected Pace of Play.

The Play Coordinator will monitor each group's position based on the following criteria. A green flag will be displayed when a group is in good position. If a group is out of position, the Play Coordinator will present the group with a yellow flag. This flag signifies that the group must pick up its pace to re-establish good position. In the event the group falls severely behind, the Play Coordinator will approach the group bearing a red flag. It is the Play Coordinator's responsibility to suggest the best possible resolution and may suggest allowing groups to play through or to pick-up and move ahead to re-establish good position.

Please refer to the Time Pace Chart for an example of how pace of play can be affected by time allowed to complete holes.

Rain Check Policies

For all forms of guest fees or reciprocal fees paid other than for Corporate Events, the following structure applies for granting of Rain Checks regardless of weather conditions at the start of play:

  • In the event a person does not complete 9 holes due to inclement weather, an 18 hole Rain Check shall be granted
  • In the event a person does complete 9 holes but not more than 14 holes, a 9 hole Rain Check shall be granted
  • In the event a person plays 15 holes or more but less than 18 holes, no Rain Checks shall be granted
Cell Phone Usage

Cell phones are permitted on ClubLink courses and in clubhouses. Members and Guests are encouraged to exercise discretion of use such that golfing/dining experiences are not diminished for other Members and Guests.

Practice Facilities

Always check in with the Golf Shop prior to using practice facilities. Always obey signage stay within teeing ground space provided and only hit in the direction of provided target areas.


Members are expected to enter their scores on the day of play for each round in the Golf Shop Handicap computer or via the GAO web site to keep their handicap current. If there are questions regarding scoring or the rules of golf, please see the Professional Staff at the club for assistance.

Food and Beverage Minimum Policies

All ClubLink Members (other than Non-Resident Members, Intermediates (age 19-25) and Junior Members) are subject to a food and beverage minimum. Food and beverage expenditures at all ClubLink facilities, including locations in Florida, will apply towards the Member’s minimum. The period runs from the beginning of the golf season through Dec. 31. The minimum amounts are not pre-billed. The unspent minimum, if any, at the end of the year, will be applied to the Member’s account. Taxes and service charges do not count towards unspent food and beverage minimums.

Alcohol Policy for Members and Guests

All ClubLink Clubs strictly adhere to all provisions of the provincial/state liquor control and licensing regulations.

No alcoholic beverages other than those provided by the Club are permitted anywhere on the premises. We reserve the right to examine the contents of golf bags and other items for personal alcohol.

No person shall consume alcoholic beverages to the point of impairment or intoxication.  Any Member not adhering to these rules will be asked to leave the Club immediately and will be subject to an automatic one-week suspension of all membership privileges. Any guest not adhering to these rules must leave the property immediately and future access to the Club will be at the discretion of the Director of Operations.

The Club assumes no liability for any injury, wrongdoing, or problem caused by the breach of these rules.

As a condition of the use of the Club’s premises and, more particularly, the provision of alcoholic beverages by the Club, all persons hereby expressly waive any liability on the part of the Club arising out of the consumption of alcoholic beverages and agree to indemnify and save harmless the Club from any and all claims, damages or lawsuits referable to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

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