Local Rules

Please check the notices posted in the clubhouse for Local Rules in application on the day.

An example is the Preferred Lies Rule for play in winter.

The Local Rules here apply at all times.

Etiquette and behaviour in general is an important aspect of the game.

Please follow the advice set out at the bottom of this page.

1. Out of Bounds (Rule 27)

A ball is out of bounds if it comes to rest:
Beyond any hedge, fence, wall, line of white posts or ditch bounding the course, including: the ditch left of the 10th fairway, the line of white posts right of the 18th hole; and the wall separating the course from the Abbey Cemetery on the 4th hole.
On or beyond the footpath in the wood above the 1st, 2nd and 3rd holes.
On or beyond the car park, any path, patio or flower bed by the club house.
When playing the 5th hole only: in or beyond the stream to the left of and parallel to the fairway.
When playing the 7th hole only: beyond the stream on the right as far as the line of white posts across the 8th fairway and then beyond that line.
On or beyond the public road which divides the course.

2. Water Hazards (Rule 26)

The stream to the right of the 7th hole as far as the line defined by white posts, the stream to the right of the 8th hole and the ditch to the left of the 10th hole are Lateral Water Hazards.
All other streams, ditches, and ponds are Water Hazards.
Bridges over hazards are in the hazard but may be touched by the club at or before addressing the ball.

3. Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2)

Buggy paths; directional and other notices, benches and waste bins when concreted-in; fairway marker posts; white posts defining internal out of bounds when playing holes to which they do not relate; fixed sprinkler heads.

4. Stones In Bunkers (Rule 24-1)

These are movable obstructions.

5. Protection of Young Trees

If a tree, identified by a stake or white paint interferes with a player's stance, or the area of intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty and dropped in accordance with Rule 24-2b(i).

6. Embedded Ball

Through the green, a ball embedded in its own pitch mark in the ground, other than sand, 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.

7. Ground Under Repair Play Prohibited (Rule 25-1)

Any area of the course marked by white lines and/or marked "GUR" is ground under repair from which play is prohibited.

8. Relief from Aeration Holes

On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids such a situation.

Penalty for Breach of a Local Rule:

Match Play: loss of hole.

Stroke Play: Two strokes.

Definitions

Casual Water: Any temporary accumulation of water on the course that is visible before or after the player takes his/her stance and is not in a water hazard. (Rule 25-1)

Through the Green is the whole area of the course except:

(a) the teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played and

(b) all hazards on the course.

Etiquette

Etiquette is an essential part of the game of golf, so please:

Do not play until the group in front is out of range.
Play without delay.
Avoid slow play at all times.
If searching for a ball, allow the group behind to play through.

Take care of the course:

Repair divots and pitch marks on greens.
Level sand before leaving bunkers.
No practice swinging on grass tees.

Maintain a reasonable standard of dress:

Shorts suitable for golf may be worn, but swimming trunks, running shorts and sleeveless vests are not permissible.
Do not remove clothing that could then cause offence to others.

Sharing of golf clubs is not allowed:

Each player must have a golf bag and at least four golf clubs.

Maximum number of players in any group is four.
A single player has no standing and must give way.

All play must start at the 1st Tee, cutting in is not permitted.

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