Winter rules are now in place. This means that you can lift and clean your ball on any closely mown area of the course (fairway height or less) and replace it within 6 inches of its original position. There is also a local rule for balls embedded in their own pitch mark, allowing relief to be taken anywhere on the course other than bunkers or water hazards. The ball can be marked, lifted, cleaned and dropped (without penalty) as near as possible to the spot where it lay no nearer the hole.
Aside from the rules, please also take extra care to replace divots on the fairways and repair pitch marks on the greens as those left unattended cannot be repaired until growing conditions return in the spring.
The use of winter wheels on all trolleys is mandatory from Monday 14th November 2016 and will apply throughout the winter. Winter wheels include hedgehog attachments and any wheel made by manufacturers of power trolleys to be used specifically during the winter. If you are in any doubt whether your trolley wheels comply, please ask in the Golf Shop prior to your round.
The use of winter wheels allows us to avoid trolley bans on wet or frosty days as the wheels are designed to reduce surface contact minimising smearing in muddy conditions and scorch marks during frosts.
Post and Rope
Haydn and his team have been busy installing post and rope throughout the course, this helps us to manage traffic and minimise unnecessary damage.
Post and rope should not be removed under any circumstances and trolleys should not be taken under / over the ropes. A temporary local rule is now in place designating all post and rope as immovable obstructions (Rule 24-2).
Interference by an immovable obstruction occurs when the obstruction interferes with the players stance or the area of their intended swing. Relief maybe taken in accordance with Rule 24-2b (i.e. nearest point of relief not nearer the hole plus one club length).
Please note that intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule. The ball must be played as it lies even if the player believes their ball will hit a rope or post.
Penalty for breach of local rule: Match play – loss of hole Stroke play – two strokes
Pace of play
With daylight at a premium over the winter and the weather not at its best, it is more important than ever to keep everyone moving on the course. Please keep up with the group in front and allow faster groups to play through if you are losing ground.
If you have any questions regarding winter golf practices or rules, please feel free to ask myself or the Golf Shop staff who will be more than happy to help.