Local Rules during COVID-19 return to golf

1. Out of Bounds (Rule 18 applies)

  1. Over any boundary wall, fence or hedge

  2. Outside all areas marked by white stakes, and on or over all lines/cuttings defining out of bounds (indicated by white stakes topped with black stripes)

  3. Car park, Clubhouse enclosure and Green-keeping machinery compound.

  4. All Practice areas adjoining the course.

  5. When playing the 13th Hole to the right of the white stakes running alongside the river.

2. Penalty Areas (Rule 17 applies)

  1. Red stakes define lateral penalty areas

  2. Yellow stakes define penalty areas

  3. Red/yellow stakes define the inter-section of each penalty area

Note1: On the 12th hole, if taking relief under penalty from the penalty area, under Rule 17.1d between the bridge and the avenue, the dropping zone nearest to the estimated point of entry may be used as an additional option.

Note 2: After driving on the 13th hole if there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the penalty area between the corner of the dog-leg and the bridge, the player may play another ball provisionally under any of the applicable options in Rule 18.3. If the original ball is found outside the penalty area the player must continue play with it. If the original ball is found in the penalty area, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under Rule 18.3. If the original ball is not found or identified within the three-minute search period, the player mustcontinue with the ball played provisionally.

3. Staked Trees

Staked Trees including the stake are an integral part of the course unless specified otherwise by a temporary local rule.

4. Immovable Obstructions (Rule 16.1 applies) (please also see Rule 10 below)

  1. All roads, paths, bridges, steps, tee markers & mats and all fixed course furniture including signage, signposts, seats, ball washers and bell-posts.

  2. All sprinkler heads, hydrant covers and fairway distance triangles

  3. All wire fences and fence-posts surrounding the No Play Zones on the course.

5. Movable Obstructions (Rule 15.2 applies)

  1. Distance poles to side of fairways.

  2. White stakes topped with black stripes.

6. Fixed No Play Zones (Indicated by Blue fence-posts)

(Previously Conservation Areas)

Treat as Mandatory Ground under Repair (GUR). Drop without penalty within 1 club length of nearest point of complete relief, not nearer the hole.

Penalty for breach of Local Rules

Match Play – Loss of Hole

Strokeplay – General Penalty (Two Strokes)

See Notice Board for any additional Local Rules.

You MUST comply with instructions from Course Ranger at all times.

Temporary Additional Local Rules

7. Scoring

Players must enter their own hole scores on the scorecard (it is not necessary for a marker to do it).

It is not necessary to have a marker physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal certification should take place. Please print the markers name in the appropriate place on the scorecard.

8. Flagsticks

The flagstick must be left in the hole at all times. The penalty for breach of this rule is 2 strokes. (match-play: loss of hole).

Players are allowed to centre the flagstick in a safe manner which does not involve using the hand, even when wearing a glove or using a towel (for example, by using a club). The centring of the flagstick may be allowed while another player putts.

9. Bunkers

Rakes have been removed from the course. Preferred lies are in operation in bunkers, allowing the player to place in the bunker within six inches not nearer to the hole than where the ball came to rest. Please note that players are not allowed to smooth sand before placing ball.

Players are then requested to make their best efforts to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club.

10. Immovable Obstructions: distance and penalty area stakes

Immovable Obstructions definition (Rule 16.1) has been temporarily adjusted to include fairway distance stakes (now removed from Movable obstructions (Rule 15.2) and also stakes defining penalty areas. Players should not remove them and should instead drop clear within one club length of nearest point of relief.

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