New Club Rules as of Friday 6th April 2018


The R&A and USGA have revealed the new golf rules to be implemented on 1st January 2019 and there are some huge changes set to come into play. In line with this the club committee has decided to implement a selection of these rules now.
As of Friday 6th April the club committee would like all members to adopt the following rules in all club competitions.


• The flagstick no longer has to be attended or removed when putting and there will be no penalty if a golfer hits an unattended flagstick in the hole.

• Golfers will be allowed to repair spike marks as well as other damage on the putting green. There is also no penalty for merely touching the line of a putt.

• The 5 minute golf ball search time has been scrapped, golfers will be allowed only 3 minutes to search for a strayed golf ball.

• When taking relief golfers will now drop from knee height – no longer shoulder height.


The introduction of these new rules is intended to help speed up play and to modernise the game of golf.

Local Rules

Please note that the following rules supersede, where appropriate, those laid down by the Royal & Ancient and come into immediate effect.

Dropping without penalty

You may take a drop, without penalty, from the following, if your stance or area of swing is impeded by:

Any staked tree under two club lengths high.
Immovable object - Hut, Toilet, Temporary fencing, direction post, litter bin, winter mat or bench (does not include perimeter fencing, nets or net poles)
Main path running through the centre of the Course (see further details for this path below under dropping zones)
All other pathways with manmade surfaces
General workings on the Course or Ground Under Repair (GUR) marked by white/tar lines. N.B. The surface of the practice putting green between the first tee and eighteenth green is also designated as GUR but is not marked by any lines.
Ball should be dropped within one club length(s) from nearest point of relief. The ball should not end up nearer the hole.

Dropping Zones

There are five dropping zones (DZ) now in use, some incur a penalty and some do not. These are situated on level ground near to the areas where relief is obtained.

No penalty incurred when playing the 2nd and 10th holes when dropping from the path at the back of the 2nd and 10th Greens. Relief is obtained if stance is impeded by the path or if the ball lies on the pathway up to the line of the fence. (DZ’s at the rear and each side of the greens)

One stroke penalty incurred when dropping from the pond between the 9th and 18th Greens (DZ by the 10th Tee)

Winter Rules

Winter Rules apply from the 1st November to 31st March each year for all club competitions unless stated otherwise on the notice board or in the Pro-shop. You may leave the flag in the hole when putting on a winter green.

Out of bounds

On the 9th hole, a ball coming to rest on or beyond a line drawn between the white posts separating the 9th and 10th holes.

On the 14th hole, on or across the path to the right hand side of the 14th fairway and the chipping area behind the 14th green

On the 18th hole, on the path at the back of the 18th green, extending all the way to the flag pole near the first tee.

Tar marker lines

If your ball lands on any of the tar lines with the exception of the Out of Bounds line (the OOB line itself is out of bounds), you may “pick and place” within 6 inches (without penalty), not nearer the hole.

Bunkers

Stones in bunkers are deemed to be movable obstructions (Rule 24.1 applies)

Distance Measuring Devices

For all play at this course a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature etc), the player is in breach of Rule 14.3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

Aeration Holes

On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation

Cables over the 4th Green

If whilst playing the 4th hole a player’s ball strikes the elevated power line or cable, the stroke is cancelled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played in accordance with Rule 20.5

Embedded Balls

Through the green, but not in a bunker or water hazard, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.

The Committee

Revision Date: April 21st 2015

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