COVID 19 – Local Rules
With effect from 26th June 2020
1 Score Cards (To be collected by the Marker from the Pro Shop on Registration)
Your card must be marked by one of your playing partners who must sign to verify your score at the end of the round. Alongside the normal requirements on your score card, the name of the marker MUST be clearly shown. There is no requirement to sign your own card, but you are advised to check the marker has entered your correct scores.
Team Competitions 3/4 Players
The card is required to be signed by only one member of the team to verify the score.
On completion of your round your card MUST be placed in the box provided at the front entrance to the club house.
The flags are being left in the hole to identify the position of the hole on the putting green. Golfers must always leave the flagstick in the hole and not touch them deliberately. With the “Putt Buddy” device now in place on all greens all putts must now be holed.
(The one foot “Gimmie” rule is no longer applicable.)
3 Preferred Lies
Fairways (Closely Mown Areas)
A ball lying on a general area* cut to fairway height or less may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, the player must place it on a spot within six inches of, and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a penalty area or bunker and not on a putting green. A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed.
(An extension to the preferred lies rule has been granted by DGU until 31st July 2020.)
A ball lying in a bunker may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, the player must place it on a spot within six inches of, and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, remaining within the bunker. (It is not permitted to smooth the sand before the ball is placed, but all players are asked to smooth the bunker surface with their shoe or club on leaving the bunker.)
Rules 14-2b(2) and 14-2e apply to both Fairways and Bunkers.
4 Immovable Obstructions
Stakes that define either an area of the course (such as penalty areas) or distances (such as distance markers) are Immovable Obstructions and as such must not be removed but from which free relief is available under Rule 16.
(This does not apply to Out of Bounds or course boundary markers where there is no relief.)
5 Ground Under Repair (GUR)
You may drop the ball at the nearest point of relief within one club’s length (Rule 14)
- All areas signed or indicated by GUR, the ball must be lifted and dropped
- All open cracks in the ground, tractor wheel marks, aeration holes (not on green) and mole ploughing slits
- If your ball comes to rest, or your swing is impeded, in the sunken part of any filled pipe/drainage ditch anywhere on the course. This does not include Open Ditches.
6 Matted Teeing Area
When playing a hole where the tee markers are sited on a teeing mat, your stance must be taken wholly within the matted area when playing your shot.
* General Area
This is the whole of the Course except for defined areas:
a. Teeing Area in starting the hole (Rule 6.2)
b. All Penalty Areas (Rule 17)
c. All Bunkers (rule 12)
d. The Putting Green of the hole you are playing