Speed of play – The acceptable standard is three and half to four hours for a four-ball game. Please keep pace and adhere to the principles of ‘ready golf’
When “ready golf” is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players.
- Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options
- Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait
- Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play
- Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball
- Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line
- Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker
- When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot
- Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off
Replace divots, repair pitch marks on the greens (not just your own) and rake the bunker after playing your shot
Players should have due regard to priority on the course in appropriate circumstances:
- Players are required to defer to the competition of the day
- Two-balls have priority over three-balls and four-balls.
- Four-balls have priority over three-balls
- Those starting other than from the 1st tee have no standing on the course and should give way at all times
Practice on the Course:
- On the practice ground, any club other than a driver may be used
- Practice chipping onto greens is permitted from the back of any green, other than the 18th hole.
Trollies & Buggies:
- Pull trolleys MUST not be taken between bunkers and greens.
- Electric trolleys. In the winter or very wet conditions there may be occasions when, while the course is open for play, electric trolleys will not be permitted.
- Buggies. Please observe the guidelines displayed inside these vehicles and the signs on the course.
Out of Bounds
The boundaries of the course are: The course side points of the permanent fencing to the left of 1st, 3rd and 4th, over the red penalty area to left of 8th as indicated by white posts and the wall to left of 9th, 10th and 11th (Rule 18).
Fixed Sprinkler Heads
All fixed sprinkler heads, hydrant boxes and gully traps are immovable obstructions (Rule 16.1). In addition if such obstruction is on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball, and intervenes on the line of play, the ball affected (except in a penalty area) may be lifted, cleaned, and dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of complete relief but not nearer the hole.
Tyre marks are ground under repair (Rule 16.1).
The young trees identified by stakes are NO PLAY ZONES.
If a player’s ball lies on or touches such a tree or the tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing relief must be taken under Rule 16.1f.
Stone drains, sleepers, car park, artificially surfaced roads and paths, inspection chambers, hydrant boxes, gully traps and stone distance markers may be treated as immovable obstructions (Rule 16.1).
Temporary Local Rules
See Notice Boards in the Club House and in the Professional’s shop.
Penalty for breach of Local Rule –General Penalty
Match Play – Loss of Hole
Stroke Play – 2 Strokes
Distance Markers are located in the centre of the fairways and by green posts, and are 150 yards from the centre of the green
Pin positions on each green are indicated by the flag colour as follows:
Front - Red
Middle - Yellow
Rear - Blue
Please repair pitch marks and divots
Please help us to maintain the integrity of our golf course by repairing all pitch marks and divots. Thank you for your help in ensuring the playing enjoyment of all golfers.