- Membership of “FORE” Business entitles the member to attend the scheduled monthly networking events for their designated group.
- “FORE” Business members will be entitled to receive a number of additional benefits as outlined in “FORE” Business Member Benefits document.
Complimentary 4x Balls
- In addition to the scheduled monthly networking events each registered “FORE” Business member is eligible to redeem one complimentary round of golf per calendar month for up to 4 people. This complimentary round of golf can only be used at the times and days specified by the golf club (see the group page on the website for the restrictions that apply) and is always subject to availability. The registered “FORE” Business member must play within their 4-ball at their designated group. Block Bookings of these 4xBalls is prohibited.
- The “FORE” Business member must give 5 days advance notice to “FORE” Business of the date and time they wish to use their complimentary 4-ball. All bookings should be made via the “FORE” Business website.
- If a 4-ball is not redeemed during the month it cannot be carried over, or sold on by the “FORE” Business member.
- The “FORE” Business member must observe club rules, etiquette, and dress code.
- “FORE” Business will not be liable if the Club changes ownership, closes down, cancels or fails to grant any or all of the 4-ball complimentary rounds for any reason beyond our reasonable control
Membership of “FORE” Business
- Membership of “FORE” Business does not bestow any membership rights to the host Golf Club. “FORE” Business reserves the right to change the host venue at anytime and without notice in circumstances beyond our control.
- A list of “FORE” Business member names will be held at the Golf Club.
- In the event of cancellation or suspension of golf due to bad weather or course conditions at a scheduled meeting or a 4-ball booking, “FORE” Business will not refund or credit the membership charge for that event. It is expected that the meeting will still go ahead for networking purposes. “FORE” Business will take instruction and guidance from the Golf Club before cancelling golf. Every effort will be made to play golf and if we receive a minimum of 7 days notice that golf is not possible due to anticipated course conditions then every effort will be made to re-schedule the meeting. “FORE” Business is not able to guarantee that golf will be played.
- Members who wish to leave “FORE” Business will be required to give three months written notice. Please note penalty charges will be applied if the 3 month notice period is not paid.
- Should “FORE” Business not receive your monthly payment on the 1st of the calendar month your membership will be immediately lapsed. Should this happen, we will also require your 3 months notice to be paid to ‘FORE” Business.
- If you wish to suspend your “FORE” Business Membership this can be arranged for you. However, in order to suspend your membership we require your expected return date to be sent to us in writing firstname.lastname@example.org(Note, this date can be changed if your circumstances dictate this at a later date).
To complete the suspension process, we will also need to collect the next 3 membership payments to hold as a deposit. This will be placed as a credit on your account and will be used against your future membership fees upon return.
- It is the member’s responsibility to file a concern with “FORE” Business if a visitor or guest is deemed not to be suitable. This should be done before the visitor is approved for membership. If there are no complaints, “FORE” Business will ‘assume their consent’.
- Visitors may attend a scheduled meeting no more than once over any given 12 month period. Visitor Green Fees will apply unless a free guest pass voucher has been approved.
- In the event of problems relating to a member’s business practices “FORE” Business has the right to revoke membership.
- Require adherence to code of behavior and violations thereof are subject to suspension or expulsion from “FORE” Business. Certain conduct results in immediate suspension and, after investigation, may result in permanent expulsion from “FORE” Business and forfeit of dues.
- Lewd acts
- Abusive behaviour
- Public intoxication
- Unlawful activities
- In the event of failure to comply with the policies and/or the Code of Ethics of “FORE” Business and the Golf Club, “FORE” Business has the right to terminate the membership from the group.
- “FORE” Business cannot be held responsible for the behaviour and consequences of such behaviour by a member. It goes without saying that any breach of the law witnessed by a member should be reported directly to the relevant authorities.
- Other than normal “FORE” Business printed materials, members may not use the “FORE” Business Intellectual Property (eg. logos, trademarks, names, slogans, copyrighted materials, etc.) to manufacture; distribute, sell, market, or promote any product or service, or otherwise use the “FORE” Business Intellectual Property without obtaining the prior written consent of “FORE” Business.
- Bucket List Series 2022 invoices must be paid within 5 days of your final reminder invoice email. Should a final invoice be unpaid, “FORE” Business reserve the right to retain your deposit and offer your space (s) to another party.
- Any damage to club property (including golf carts) are the sole responsibility of the “FORE” Business member.
- “FORE” Business reserves the right to open more than one Group per community.
- It is the responsibility of the “FORE” Business member or guest on the day that is playing at a “FORE” Business monthly group event, a “FORE” Business major event or taking part in a “FORE” Business 4 ball, to ensure they have the necessary GOLF insurance cover in place.
- All members should acknowledge that playing golf involves potential danger of bodily harm and all members acknowledge “assumption of risk” and waive any and all claims against “FORE” Business for injury sustained on the golf course.
- “FORE” Business will not be held responsible for the purchases of goods, services or products you may make from fellow “FORE” Business members or via referrals made by “FORE” Business members. It is the responsibility of each member to ensure such purchases are made with the appropriate level of due diligence, care and lawful attention.
- Members to acknowledge that cost of additional food and drink is at their personal expense.
- “FORE” Business policies are subject to change.
Code of Conduct (Overview):
FORE Business is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our Members and creating an environment for our Members that is free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences are recognised and valued.
FORE Business take very seriously inappropriate conduct by Members and any complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisations and unlawful discrimination, and any behaviour which is found to be in breach of our Code of Conduct, will be dealt with as misconduct in accordance with our Disputes Resolution and Disciplinary Policies set out below.
Code of Conduct (General)
- Members are expected to take personal responsibility for adhering to all aspects of the FORE Business Code of Conduct and for drawing any breaches to the attention of their Group Ambassador and/or Regional Director.
- Members must always act in the interest of the wider community and in business dealings with members, or referrals provided by fellow members, act fairly and with integrity, honesty and in accordance with the ethical standards of their profession or trade.
- Members must uphold the integrity of the brand, including but not limited to their behaviour at Group and National events and in their use of both Public and Closed “FORE” Business social media channels and forums.
- Members must uphold the reputation of the community and not take any action which could bring the community or “the Business” into disrepute.
- Members should respect and value alternative viewpoints and, seek, accept and offer honest criticisms of work contracted for through introductions from other “FORE” Business members but at all times must avoid injuring others or their reputation or employment by false or malicious or negligent action or inaction or abuse of any kind.
- Members should refrain in all Public and Closed “FORE” Business forums from criticism of another member or their business. Criticism, where deemed necessary, should be made privately and solely to the individual involved.
Code of Conduct (Bullying & Harassment)
- We define Harassment as any situation where a Member is subject to uninvited conduct connected to what is deemed to be a “protected characteristic’ that has the purpose or effect of violating the Member’s dignity and/or which creates a hostile, humiliating, degrading or similarly offensive environment. The uninvited conduct can be physical, verbal or non-verbal. ‘Protected Characteristics’ are defined as: age; race (which includes colour and ethnic/national origin); disability; religion or belief; sex; gender reassignment; pregnancy or maternity; sexual orientation; and marital or civil partnership status. Examples include: threats or abuse, unwelcome sexual advances, offensive emails, tweets, or comments on social media, offensive images, physical behaviour like gestures or facial expressions, making lewd comments and/or insensitive jokes and excluding or victimising colleagues.
- We define bullying as any behaviour that leaves the victim feeling threatened, intimidated, humiliated, vulnerable or otherwise upset. There is no need to demonstrate a connection with a protected characteristic to establish a bullying allegation. The uninvited conduct can be physical, verbal or non-verbal.
- Taking part in any of the following behaviour will lead to a referral to the Membership Committee and disciplinary sanctions, including suspension or termination of your Membership:
- harassing or bullying anyone else (as defined above);
- threatening anyone who raises a harassment or bullying complaint;
- retaliating against anyone who raises a harassment or bullying complaint;
- making allegations maliciously or in bad faith; and/or
- giving false or intentionally misleading information during any investigation.
Code of Conduct (Social Media)
- Be respectful to others when making any statement on social media and be aware that you are personally responsible for all communications which will be published on the internet for anyone to see.
- If you disclose your affiliation with FORE Business on your personal profile or in any social media postings, you must state that your views do not represent those of FORE Business (unless you are authorised to speak on our behalf). You should also ensure that your profile and any content you post are consistent with the professional image you present to clients and colleagues.
- If you are uncertain or concerned about the appropriateness of any statement or posting, refrain from posting it.
- New Members of FORE Business are often inundated with new ‘Friend Requests’ via the various social media platforms where FORE Business Members are active. To avoid inadvertently accepting Friend Requests from non-FORE Business Members, we recommend that you:Verify a friend request is someone you know.
- Verify a friend request is indeed a FORE member.
- Ask for a 1-2-1 via Zoom to get to know a person before interacting with them or accepting a friend request.
- Ask to be introduced to a member before sending a friend request.
- Clean up your list and verify those who are already on your friend list.
- If you see social media content that disparages or reflects poorly on FORE Business, you should contact your Group Ambassador or Regional Director or FORE HQ.
- Reported breaches of our Code of Conduct and disputes between members within a single Group should initially be dealt with informally by the Group Ambassador Team. Formal escalation of the dispute, if required, should be made through the Group Ambassador to the Regional Director (or in the absence of a Regional Director for your area, to FORE HQ’s Business Operation’s Manager) in accordance with the following steps:
- The member raising the dispute (the Complainant) should set the nature of the dispute in writing to the Group Ambassador or, if the dispute is with the Group Ambassador, directly to the Regional Director, within three (3) working days of the matter occurring. In doing so, the Complainant should include the name of the member with whom they have a dispute (the Respondent) any relevant facts, dates, times and names of other relevant individuals, and should attach to the complaint any supporting evidence.
- A copy of the written complaint will be forwarded to the Respondent and they will be asked to reply in writing within five (5) working days to set out their position and provide any evidence in support.
- In some circumstances it may be necessary to suspend members pending the outcome of the deliberations of the Membership Committee. Any decision to suspend a member will be made by the Membership Committee on receipt of written submissions from both the Complainant and Respondent and notified to the members by email. Suspension of this kind is not a sanction and does not imply that any decision has been made about the allegations or imply guilt and would only be considered in circumstances where there have been allegations of serious misconduct or where there is a threat to the interests, brand or integrity of “the Business” and/or its members.
- On receipt of the written submissions from both the Complainant and Respondent, or in the absence of a reply from the Respondent, the Regional Director will refer the matter to the Business Operations Manager of FORE Business, who will then refer the matter to the Membership Committee for their deliberation and decision, which will be notified to both parties within three (3) working days.
- Disputes between any member (including Ambassador Team members) and “the Business”, should be dealt with privately between the parties wherever possible. In the absence of a resolution, issues should be referred to the Membership Committee for arbitration and recommendation.
- The Membership committee comprises a cross-section of members in good standing, invited by the Co-Owners of FORE Business, from time to time and on an ad-hoc basis, to consider disputes that may arise by or among other members, as laid out in this Code of Conduct. Strict anonymity will be maintained of membership of this committee to ensure free and unbiased consideration of the facts of any dispute under consideration
Where any reported misconduct by a Member or any dispute/complaint raised by a Member has been upheld by the Membership Committee, it shall determine the appropriate sanction to impose based on the specific facts. The level of sanction imposed will depend on a combination of the seriousness of the issue and whether the Respondent Member has been subject to any sanctions previously.
The range of sanctions include:
- A verbal warning: for minor misconduct issues;
- A written warning: for more serious misconduct issues or where a verbal warning has been given previously;
- 30-day Suspension: where a written warning has been given previously;
- Immediate Termination: further misconduct where suspension has been previously imposed or any serious misconduct regardless of whether previous sanctions have been given.
Final decisions remain the prerogative of the Co-Founders and Owners of “the Business”.