As was had a very mild and dry Autumn last year on the back of an outstanding summer, the use of mats was kept to an absolute minimum and was a rare occurrence. However, unfortunately after the poor weather for over 3 months we have had to introduce mats a lot earlier than ever before to keep the course playable and to protect the course as best we can. This year, mats are going to be optional at all times for players until they are made compulsory by the course manager on his morning course update status. By this, we mean you can use a mat at any point through the green at any time until the summer playing season comes back around. The ball may be marked, lifted cleaned and placed within 6 inches of the original spot on the mat no nearer the hole. Please respect this rule and apply it at all times. It’s your course and we need to do all we can go protect it in very wet conditions.
17th Hole - Compulsory Call on Hole
With the introduction of the new / old 17th Winter tee, it’s been decided that this hole is a compulsory call on hole. When you are putting on 17, please look back to the tee and call the players to tee off and stand aside, ideally out of range. This is to look after the safety of all players on the green as we are aware a lot more players can drive it onto the green with the tee further forward. If done correctly, the 18th tee should be free when people are teeing off on 17. We did think about making it an iron only tee but this was decided as the better option. Please look after the safety of all golfers and respect the rule in place. This is for everyone’s benefit.
Trolleys and Buggies
As already mentioned, the course is very wet and if possible could all players refrain from using electric trolleys without winter wheels in this very wet period. If possible, it would be much appreciated if as many people as possible could carry, especially with the 12 hole comps coming up in future weeks. Could everyone also please follow the designated paths and routes in place as and when to avoid damage to key areas of the course
After discussions with Handicaps and Comps Comm, we have decided that holes will be rested where applicable throughout the course of the winter. We are well aware that the 1st and 2nd holes are very wet at present and when the competition holes reduce in numbers, we will be resting these holes when required.
All bunkers for the Winter will be lift clean and place. This is optional. Correct protocol for this is to -
Mark ball in the bunker
Place ball as near to original spot no nearer the hole
This is designed to give all golfers the best possible chance in the bunkers and take the pressure off the green staff.
Acting Chairman of Greens