Winter Rules

Notices will be displayed in the Spike Bar and/or on the web site when Winter Rules come into force, usually (but not always) shown by the use of yellow flags on holes 1-9, and red flags on holes 10-18. 

USE OF MATS

 TEMPORARY LOCAL RULE  

In order to protect the course, a Temporary Local Rule concerning the USE OF MATS may be in operation, affecting both SOCIAL and COMPETITION golf. Notices will be displayed in the Spike Bar and/or on the web site when this Temporary Local Rule is in force, and will state whether the use of mats is mandatory or optional.  

1. When the use of mats is deemed mandatory :-

  • A ball which comes to rest on any fairway or closely-mown area (including Par 3 holes) around the greens MUST, without penalty, be lifted, optionally cleaned, and placed on an appropriate mat within six inches of the original position of the ball not nearer the hole.
  • The Preferred Lies Rule (see below) does not apply.
  • ALL Visitors and Societies as well as Members must comply.

2. When the use of mats is deemed optional :-

  • A ball which comes to rest on any fairway or closely mown area (including Par 3 holes) around the greens MAY, without penalty, be lifted, optionally cleaned, and placed on an appropriate mat within six inches of the original position of the ball not nearer the hole.
  • The Preferred Lies Rule (see below) applies.

3. When the use of mats is deemed either mandatory or optional :-

  • If a ball, when placed, rolls from the mat, it may be replaced without penalty. If it still fails to remain on the mat, the mat shall be moved to the nearest point, not nearer the hole, where the ball will remain at rest.
  • There will be no penalty should the ball move or be moved after being placed on the mat and before playing a stroke, including when addressing the ball or taking a practice swing.
  • When playing from any Tee mats MUST be used when using an iron club - either those provided by the Club (which should not be removed) or those purchased from the Pro's Shop (see below).
  • For SOCIAL (not competition) golf,
    provided
     all members of the group agree:-
    • Mats may be used in the rough
    • A ball coming to rest on a fairway or closely-mown area can be moved well away from the fairway to the closest area of rough (preferably the 2nd cut), dropped not nearer the hole, and played as it lies without a mat.  

Mats may be purchased from the Pro's Shop at a one-off cost of £5.

PREFERRED LIES:

NOTE: When in force this rule applies to both SOCIAL and COMPETITION golf

  • A ball lying on a closely mown area (including Par 3 holes) may be lifted, cleaned and placed within 6 inches of its original position, no nearer the hole, without penalty. Once a ball has been so placed it is deemed to be in play.
ROPES AND STAKES:
  •  Rule 24-2 applies

    The ropes and their supporting stakes used to protect the Course from excessive wear MUST NOT BE MOVED as they are deemed to be immovable objects.

    A ball lying in a position which results in a player's normal stance or swing being impeded by a rope or stake, may be lifted and dropped within ONE club length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.
    Note that a ball which strikes such a rope or stake must either be then played as it lies, or if necessary, relief taken as stated above – it cannot simply be re-played.
TRACTOR MARKS:
  • Deep ruts, made by tractors or other ground keeping equipment, are to be treated as Ground Under Repair.
  • If your ball comes to rest here please treat it as GUR and take a free drop to the nearest point of relief.
    (Rules 24-2 and 25-1) - Immovable Obstructions and Abnormal Ground Conditions apply
TEMPORARY GREENS
  • When in play and where the apron of the Green is used as a Temporary Green, the Green proper is deemed to be part of that Temporary Green. A ball landing on the Green proper MUST either be played with a putter, or the Green proper MUST be treated as compulsory Ground Under Repair.
  • When not in play, Temporary Greens so designated are G.U.R.
 PLUGGED BALLS IN THE ROUGH:
  • Rule 20 applies.
    Through the green, 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.

Exceptions:
1. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely mown.
2. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule.

AERATION HOLES on the Green proper:
  • Aeration holes on the Green proper can be regarded as an Abnormal Ground Condition.
    A ball coming to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.
    (Appendix 1, Part B, 4d of the Rules of Golf. - Aeration Holes)
FLAG STICKS (including those on Temporary Greens):
  • Rule 17-3 (c) applies.
    The ball must not strike the flagstick in the hole unattended when the stroke has been made on the putting green.
TROLLEYS and roped-off areas
  • Please DO NOT take buggies/trollies within roped-off areas to help protect the course during adverse winter conditions.