Clarification of the Temporary Local Rules during Covid-19

02 June 2020

I have been asked questions by members regarding our temporary local rules during this Covid-19 period that I thought I should try and make it as clear as possible.  The Match Committee has also added another temporary local rule. 

  • Flagsticks are to remain in the hole at all times.
  • For a ball to be holed, it must come to rest in the hole or be resting against the flagstick as per the rules of golf. This rule has not changed just because we have inserted a Pool Noodle. I have been told that some players believe that if the ball touches the Pool Noodle in the hole and then pops out, the ball is deemed to be holed. That is NOT correct.
  • Rakes have been removed out of all bunkers, but members should attempt to tidy up any bunker they enter or play a shot from, as best they can, by using their club or their feet..
  • If a ball comes to rest in a footprint or a divot in a bunker, a player MAY take a drop at the nearest point of relief, in the bunker.  That is, at the NEAREST point of relief, NOT within a club length of the nearest point of relief, or the most convenient point of relief.  Please note that the ball is to be dropped, NOT PLACED, as I have been told some players are doing.

I hope that has cleared up some of the misunderstandings or incorrect perceptions.

The new temporary local rule is:

  • Any ball on the closely mown areas of the 16th, 17th and 18th holes ONLY, may be lifted, cleaned and replaced.  The location of the ball should be marked first and then replaced on the same spot.  The closely mown areas are the fairways and the areas around the greens that have be mown to the same level as the fairways. Remember, this only applies to the 16th, 17th and 18th holes.

If you require any clarification or have any questions about these or any other temporary local rules, please feel free to contact me.


John Jayo