Supplementary & Temporary Local Rules

Temporary Local Rules

Sheep Enclosures:

Effective Date: From 09/11/2022 – Until Further notice

As from 09/11/2022 until further notice the following local ruling will apply:
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 nearest spot to the ball 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. If the ball lies close to the fence outside the sheep enclosure, then relief from
the fence is available under Rule 16.1

Temporary Greens:

Effective Date: From Nov 2022 – Until Further notice

Until further notice, Temporary greens are a wrong green even when not in use and relief must be taken under Rule 13.1f.

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 or on any other green not on the hole being played including the academy course, the
player must take relief without penalty as described above. Full relief must be taken.

Preferred Lies:

Effective Date: From 8th October 2022 – Until Further notice

As from 8th October 2022 until further notice the following local ruling will apply:

When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another
ball in and playing it from this relief area:

Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: one scorecard length or 6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits:

Limits on Location of Relief Area:

  • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
  • Must be in the general area.

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a

Permanent Local Rules (as on score card):

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.) The driving range to the
right of the 1st hole is out of bounds; the boundary of the course is the hedge between the 1st hole and the driving range. Rule 18.2 applies

Marks, Paths & Tracks:

Hoof marks, tyre marks and all artificially surfaced areas may be treated as abnormal course conditions. Rule 16.1 applies. All other paths are integral
parts of the course.

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 19.1 applies.

Staked Trees:

Relief may be taken from any staked / protected trees. Rule 16.1 Abnormal Course Conditions (Including Immovable Obstructions) applies.

Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green:

In addition to the types of interference described in Rule 16.1a, when a ball lies in the general area, interference also exists if an immovable obstruction,
such as a fixed sprinkler head, is: on the player’s line of play, is within two club-lengths of the putting green, and is within two club-lengths of the ball. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. (Exception – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.)


Free relief under rule 16.1c is available for a ball lying on or touching a bunker lining or interferes with area of intended swing, but not for interference in the
player’s area of intended stance.

Pace of Play:

  • Play without delay at all times. Rule 5.6b suggests players should complete their stoke within 40 seconds from when it is their turn to play, and indeed should play much quicker than that.
  • Keep up with the group in front.
  • If the group behind is playing faster than your group, then you should invite them to play through regardless of whether there is a clear hole in front of you or not.
  • Signal the group behind to play through as soon it becomes apparent that a lost ball will not be easily found. Do not search for three minutes before doing so.
  • To assist the pace of play do not tee off on the 1st until the group in front have rung the bell. When playing the 1st, remember to ring the bell as you approach the 1st green.
  • To assist pace of play the following holes are designated ‘call-up’ holes: 2nd and 16th.

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.

Course Health & Safety Information