Golf | Gainesville Country Club
The Gainesville Country Club golf course was designed in 1963 by George Cobb, a course architect who is credited with famous designs such as East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, the Par 3 course at Augusta National and dozens of other world-renowned layouts.
In 1992, the course was gently redesigned by Mark McCumber and Associates to meet USGA standards. Surrounded by magnificent, century-old oaks, Gainesville Country Club’s gently rolling championship layout stretches 6,938 yards with four sets of tees to accommodate any golfer.
Throughout the years, Gainesville Country Club has hosted numerous USGA, FSGA, NFPGA and PGA tour championships and qualifiers, as well as a variety of state amateur championships. Our membership roster has included decorated amateurs and players on all major professional golf tours who have called Gainesville Country Club home. In addition to our golf course, we have excellent practice facilities which include a driving range and separate chipping and putting practice areas.
Gainesville Country Club’s Junior Golf Program has a variety of clinics, private lessons, golf camps and playing opportunities for juniors of all skill levels. Throughout the year, we offer Introduction to Golf clinics which teach basic etiquette, full swing, short game and competitive fundamentals. For the more advanced student, we offer private instruction to help your child take his or her game to the next level.
During the summer, our camps offer golf combined with tennis and swimming to make for a well-rounded week of recreation at GCC. Summertime also brings our Parent-Child Tournaments as well as the Junior Club Championship. Our staff is here to ensure that there is never a shortage of activities for your junior golfer to get involved in.
For more information about our Junior Golf Program, please call the golf shop at (352) 372-0961.
Exceptional Environment, Outstanding Service
From company golf outings to charity tournaments, Gainesville Country Club has all of the services and amenities to make your day at our course an exceptional one. Hosting your outing at Gainesville Country Club will allow you to go to one place for all of your event needs. Your guests will have access to our top-notch practice facilities, championship course and excellent catering services.
Our professional management team will meet with you to create an event that is tailored to suit your individual needs. From the day you begin coordination, until the moment that the final award is handed out, we are here to ensure that your event is a success.
For more information about our golf outings, please contact us at (352) 372-1458.
Contact the golf shop and make a tee time so that the staff can anticipate your arrival. Try to arrive soon enough to give yourself time to warm up properly.
Check the scorecard to learn any local rules.
Make sure to place an identifying mark on your ball and inform the other players the type and number ball you are playing.
Time Pars are established so that all players can have a positive experience. As a guide, you are allowed a maximum 13 minutes to play a par 3, 15 minutes to play a par 4 and 17 minutes to play a par 5 for groups of three or four. Groups of less than three please reduce this by two minutes for each.
When your group is not keeping up with the pace of play of the group in front of you:
Walk at a reasonable speed between shots.
Begin planning your next shot as you approach the ball by studying the strength and direction of the wind.
When you reach your ball, check the lie, select your club, visualize your swing and shot, and then play your shot.
From the time you select your club until you actually hit your shot, you should take no more than 30 to 45 seconds.
If you aren't ready to play when it is your turn, encourage one of your fellow players to play.
Golf cars should be kept on the cart paths next to tees and greens.
Players with medical conditions should maintain a minimum distance of 20 feet from the tees and greens.
Golf cars should not be driven or parked in the fairway within thirty yards of the green.
After taking a divot, please fill in the divot with the sand mixture.
Important to repair any pitch marks or indentations caused by the ball hitting the green.
Using a tee, knife, key or repair tool, repair the mark by working the edges towards the center, without lifting the center of the mark. Don't tear the grass. Finish by smoothing the area with a club or your foot. Try to get the area smooth enough to putt over.
Bring a rake into the bunker with you -- remembering that you should always enter the bunker from the low side at a point nearest to the ball.
Whenever possible, avoid walking on the steep face of a bunker.
After hitting your shot, rake the area you played from, as well as all your footprints and any others within reach.
Rakes should be left either in or nearby the bunker.
Don't step on your fellow players putting lines -- the imaginary line that connects the ball to the hole.
If your ball is on a player's line, volunteer to mark the ball.
When marking your ball try to use a flat object such as a coin or an accessory noted as a ball mark.
After you have marked your ball, place your putter down at a 90-degree angle with the heel touching your marker.
Move the marker from the heel to the toe of your putter. Reverse the procedure to return the ball to its original position.
Do not stand where you might distract a fellow player and don't move.
Don't make any noise when your fellow player is preparing to putt.
If you lay down the flagstick, lay it off the green to prevent doing any damage to the green.
Generally, the player closest to the hole will tend the flagstick if requested.
Hold the flagstick at arm's length so the flag doesn't flutter in the breeze, and make sure your shadow doesn't fall across the hole or line. Loosen the bottom of the flagstick so it doesn't stick when you try and remove it by pulling it straight up after the other player has putted. The flagstick should be removed right after the player has hit the ball.
If you hit a tee shot into the woods and suspect that it might be either lost or out-of-bounds, the Rules of Golf allow you to play a second or provisional ball.
You then have five minutes from the time you reach the spot where you suspect the ball landed to find the ball. If it is not found within that five-minute period, you must declare it lost and play your provisional ball with a one-stroke penalty
If, however, you play the provisional ball and subsequently find your original ball in-bounds, you must pick up your provisional and continue to play the original ball, in-bounds.
For safety's sake, never hit when there's a chance you might be able to reach the group ahead of you, and anytime you hit a shot that you think even has remote chance of hitting any other players, yell "fore" immediately, and make a point of apologizing to any players your ball lands near.
Displays of frustration are one thing, but outbursts of temper are quite another. Yelling, screaming, throwing clubs are unacceptable and, in some cases, dangerous to yourself and others.
As a player, you also have a responsibility to learn and understand the Rules of Golf. www.usga.org
Five of the most common Rules are those deal with Out of Bounds, Lost balls, Unplayable lies, cart paths and water hazards.