Golfers interested in serving as course marshals are encouraged to contact a Golf Professional at one of the City golf courses.

The City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department recognizes the value of having course marshals on its golf courses to encourage keeping the desired pace of plan, to act as starters on the first tee, to monitor golf cart use, and to respond to golfers’ questions or concerns on busy summer days.

The Golf Professional at each golf course will recruit and select golfers to serve as course marshals. Course marshals should have a good understanding of the rules of golf, the ability to communicate effectively, and the ability to tactfully enforce rules and policies. The Golf Professional shall not discriminate in selection of a person to serve as a golf course marshal because of such person’s race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, or marital status.

Golfers interested in serving as golf course marshals will be asked to complete a volunteer application form. A copy of this signed form and related waiver will be retained on file by the Golf Professional. The application form will include the following text:


Please read the following information carefully and be aware that in volunteering you will be waiving and releasing all claims for injuries you might sustain arising out of volunteering as a golf course marshal for the City of Lincoln municipal golf program.

As a volunteer golf course marshal I agree to conduct all activities in a lawful manner and provide services in a professional manner and in accordance with the terms of the Lincoln City Golf Marshalling Program Guidelines, City of Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department rules and regulations, and Lincoln Municipal Code.

I recognize that I may receive a nominal benefit for their service as a volunteer marshal. I also recognize that I will serve as a volunteer, despite any nominal benefit, and it is expressly understood that I am not an employee and not entitled to any City benefits including, but not limited to, overtime, retirement benefits, workers’ compensation, sick leave, or injury leave.

I recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of damage to property or physical injuries, including death, that may occur as a result of participating as a volunteer marshal. I agree to assume all such risks without limitation, and waive any and all claims of whatsoever kind or nature and indemnify and hold harmless and defend against the City of Lincoln and the Parks and Recreation Department, its officers, agents, employees, volunteers and program affiliates arising from the activities, including death, injury, damage, or loss that may occur. I have read and understand the above Waiver and Release of all claims and have the legal capacity to sign this Agreement.

Golf course marshals will be trained and overseen by the Golf Professional at the golf course. A friendly customer service orientation is key, but marshals are expected to ask groups playing at a slow pace and delaying other groups to move up, skipping part or all of a hole in order to speed up overall play. Golf Course marshals may serve as starters on the first tee informing golfers about expectations regarding play including speed of play, where to drive the carts, fixing ball marks, and notable course conditions. Golf Course marshals are also expected to monitor golf cart use to minimize damage to the vehicles and grounds. If a golfer does not respond appropriately to requests by a marshal, the marshal will contact Golf Professional or other golf course staff for enforcement of golf course rules and policies.

Golf course marshals will use marked golf carts to enhance their visibility and identify them as course marshals. Course marshals will have a cell phone available to contact clubhouse staff.

Golf course marshals will generally be assigned to a four to five hour shift. The schedule will be coordinated by the Golf Professional, and the number of course marshals on each shift will be determined by the Golf Professional based on anticipated play or events. The Golf Professional will maintain a calendar identifying the dates and shifts that golf course marshals volunteered.

At the end of each shift, the golf course marshal will be eligible to receive an encoded “play card” that may be redeemed for one of the following:

  • a senior 18-hole round on a weekday, plus a half-cart rental
  • a senior 18-hole round on a Saturday/Sunday/Holiday after 1 pm, plus a half-cart rental

Play cards may be redeemed by the volunteer who received the it, or by another person accompanying the recipient of the play card.

The individual serving as a golf course marshal is not considered to be an employee of the Lincoln City Golf Program, or of the Golf Professional. A play card has a market value of $35.75. The total cumulative value of play cards received by an individual should not exceed $500.00 during the calendar year.

The City of Lincoln maintains limited insurance coverage for volunteers.