What happens if I miss my tee time?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

When it comes to missing a tee time, the general rule is that the club still gets paid and the golfer is charged. This means that once you book a tee time and it is confirmed, you are essentially locked into that reservation. This can be frustrating for those who have unexpected circumstances arise and are unable to make their scheduled tee time.

If you find yourself in a situation where you know in advance that you will not be able to make your tee time, the best course of action is to contact the club as soon as possible. Some clubs may be willing to accommodate a change in reservation if given ample notice. They may be able to move your reservation to another date or time, depending on availability. It is important to note that this is at the discretion of the club and there is no guarantee that they will be able to accommodate your request.

However, it is important to understand that most clubs have a strict cancellation policy. This means that if you cancel your tee time, you will not receive a refund. This policy is in place to ensure that the club does not lose out on potential revenue from the missed reservation.

In my personal experience, I have had to cancel tee times due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness or family emergencies. In these situations, I have found that most clubs are understanding and willing to work with you if you provide them with sufficient notice. It is always best to be honest and upfront about your situation and explain the reason for your cancellation.

On the other hand, if you simply forget or miss your tee time without any prior communication, it is highly likely that the club will still charge you for the reservation. They have reserved that time for you and have turned away other potential golfers, so it is only fair that they are compensated for the loss.

To summarize, if you miss your tee time, the club still gets paid and you will be charged. However, if you provide ample notice, some clubs may be willing to accommodate a change in reservation. It is always best to communicate with the club as soon as possible if you know you will not be able to make your scheduled tee time. And remember, honesty and understanding go a long way in these situations.