In case of accident or illness on the course, contact the Secretary’s Office (01962 733746) or Pro Shop (01962 733998) for assistance or 999 stating your location on the course. Emergency Post Code is SO24 0PN.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available in the clubhouse lobby
Supplementary Local Rules
Temporary Local Rule for Bird Damage (2020)
Relief from areas of Bird Damage:
In the general area, areas of damage caused by birds should be treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b. The relief area is defined by –
- Reference Point: Nearest point of complete relief.
- Size of Relief Area: 1 club from the reference point.
- Limits on the Relief Area:
Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
Must be in the general area.
- When taking relief, you must take complete relief from all interference by the area of damage.
16th October 2020
George Clelland – Match & Handicap Secretary
Winter Rules ‘Preferred Lies’
As from Thursday 15th October 2020 until further notice the following local ruling will apply:
A ball lying on a closely mown area through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark the balls position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within 6 inches of and not nearer to the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on the putting green.
If a player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of 1 stroke.
Match Secretary 14/10/2020
Any part of the general area of the course which is being used as a sheep enclosure is defined as an abnormal ground condition all of which is a no play zone. Rule 16.1f applies and free relief must be taken under Rule 16.1b. The nearest point of complete relief should be identified and a substitute ball must be dropped and come to rest in the relief area.
- if the ball can be seen and identified, the reference point for the relief area will be the spot outside the enclosure, not nearer the hole which gives complete relief from the condition.
- If it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the sheep enclosure, then Rule 16.1e also applies and the player must take free relief under Rule 16.1b using the estimated point where the ball crossed the edge of the sheep enclosure as the spot of the ball for the purposes of finding the nearest point of compete relief.
- If, however, it is not known or virtually certain that the ball came to rest in the sheep enclosure, the ball is lost and the player must take stroke-and-distance relief under Rule 18.2.
Entry to the sheep enclosure is prohibited at all times and could be dangerous
1st October 2019, George Clelland, Match & Handicap Secretary
Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green
Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.
The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.
This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
Note: if it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.
Match Secretary, 23/01/2017
Until further notice, temporary greens, marked by a white circle, should be treated as a Wrong Putting Green when they are not actually in use. Relief must be taken as per Rule 25-3. In essence, the player must, without penalty, lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. Similarly, if a player’s ball is on a main green which is not in play, the player must take relief without penalty as described above.
George Clelland, Match Secretary, 17/11/2016
Academy Par 3 Course 15/07/2010
Please Note – When playing the main 18 hole course any ball found to be lying on a green within the Academy Course, play is prohibited. The player MUST take relief (without penalty) under Rule 25-3.
Permanent Local Rules (as on score card)
1. Out of Bounds
Beyond all hedges and fences marking the boundaries of the course, beyond the inside face (course side) of wall at the back of the 18th green and the Pro Shop side of a line from white post at base of the wall to the lowest post of the railings on the bank of the putting green or on paved areas, concrete standings and car park. (Parts of the Clubhouse buildings that are not in this area are to be treated as integral parts of the course. Rule 27 applies).
2. Marks, Paths & Tracks
Hoof marks, tyre marks and all artificially surfaced areas may be treated as ground under repair. Rule 25-1 applies.
All other paths are integral parts of the course.
3. The Barn (12th Hole)
The Barn to the left of the 12th green is an integral part of the course and the ball must be played as it lies or be declared unplayable. Rule 28 applies.
4. Staked Trees
Relief may be taken from any staked / protected trees. Rule 24-2 Immovable Obstruction applies.
5. Stones in Bunkers
Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. Rule 24-1 applies.
6. Fixed Sprinkler Heads
All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2.
In addition, if such an obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green of the hole being played intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may obtain relief, without penalty, as follows: If the ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and is within two club-lengths of the intervening obstruction, it may be lifted, cleaned, and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which a) is not nearer the hole, b) avoids such intervention and c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
7. Distance-Measuring Devices (Rule 14-3)
Devices capable of measuring distance ONLY are permitted. Rule 14-3 applies.
Play without delay at all times and keep up with the group in front. Priority on the course is determined by the groups’ pace of play.
If the game behind is quicker or you lose a clear hole, invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.
Signal the players behind to come through as soon as it becomes apparent that a lost ball will not easily be found: do not search for five minutes before doing so.
To assist pace of play the following holes are designated ‘call up’ holes; 2nd & 16th.
Course Health & Safety Information
Players should not play until all the players in front are out of range.
Players should always alert any greenstaff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them.
All players must check that the public footpaths which cross the 2nd, 8th, 12th, 16th and 17th are clear of walkers before playing over or up to these areas.
Any player attempting to drive the 14th green must check that the green is clear before playing.