10 March 2019
The new rules of golf came into effect on 1 January 2019.
These local rules reflect the changes indtroduced and include 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 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 01/03/2019
Damage to the first hole
Winter Rules are in Operation
Roll over - ‘A ball lying on any “closely mown area” through the green may, without penalty, be moved or may be lifted cleaned and placed within 6 inches of where it originally lay, but not nearer the hole. After the ball has been so moved it is in play.’ Penalty for breach of local rule: Match play loss of hole; stroke play – general penalty of two strokes. Note ‘closely mown area’ means any area of the course, including paths through the rough cut to fairway height or less.
Damaged greens – ‘Core’ holes in greens following ground work are GUR and a ball resting in such may be rolled out of the hole. In addition, a ball lying below the natural surface of the green due to other damage that cannot be repaired may be moved to the nearest point of no interference.