The new rules of golf came into effect on 1 January 2019 and are now embedded.
These local rules reflect these changes including pace of play.
Local Rules apply to various areas of the course and MUST be adhered to.
Please check the club noticeboard as these can change on a daily basis
Free relief – Rules 15 & 16
Abnormal conditions are: Animal Hole; GUR; Immovable Obstruction; Temporary Water.
Practice – Rule 5.2b
Penalty Areas – Rule 17
OUT OF BOUNDS - POINTS OF CLARIFICATION
A ball is out of bounds if played in, over or through the natural boundaries of the course. i.e. fences, hedges, ditches and woods together with the white posts which define the confines of the course. The Bird Sanctuary, Firing Range, Cemetery, Putting Green, Car Park, Club House and surrounding pavements are all out of bounds.
The ball is OOB when all of it lies out of bounds. No relief is allowed from objects defining out of bounds such as walls, fences, railings and stakes as they are 'outside of the confines of the course'.
The natural boundaries are not hole specific and a ball lying beyond any boundary is out of bounds regardless of the hole being played. When white boundary posts or markings are not evident the natural boundaries are specifically defined as follows:
Pace of Play Policy - When playing in club competitions if a group finishes the round more than a hole behind the group in front and over 4 hours 15 minutes from the time of starting, all players in the group are subject to a one stroke penalty. (See model local rule K -1).
Players should report slow play to the Committee.
Pace of play hints, tips and information:
TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES - Effective from 01/10/2021
Winter Rules are in Operation. As of the 1st of October 2021, through to the 30th of April 2022, preferred lies on closely mown areas (fairways and green fringes only) are permissible and unless susequently advised will remain in operation at Haste Hill throughout the period.
When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and
playing it from this relief area:
Reference Point: Spot of the original ballSize of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits: Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and Must be in the general area.
In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.
DIitch on right hand side of 8th hole - This is currently GUR.
Damaged first hole green - The sanded area on the first green is GUR..