Club Rules 2020

1. CLUBHOUSE

The Clubhouse shall be open on those days and at such hours as shall be fixed by the Committee and posted in the Clubhouse.  The hours during which catering and bar service shall be available shall also be posted in the Clubhouse.

The regulations for the supply of meals and refreshments along with the Tariff shall be displayed in the Bar and Dining Room.

Members or members’ groups may apply to the Management Committee for the use of Clubhouse facilities for functions or special occasions.

All non-members attending functions etc must be signed in on entering the Clubhouse. Members are responsible for ensuring that their guests are aware of and adhere to the Club Dress Code

No form of gambling shall be allowed in the Clubhouse. No card playing shall be allowed in the Clubhouse except in the Tom Morris Room or rooms authorised by the Committee.

No dogs, except guide dogs, may be taken into the Clubhouse.

Grip bags, umbrellas and outdoor clothing must not be taken into any public room.  Items of clothing must not be hung over chairs in any public room and the wearing of hats in any public room is not allowed unless through medical exemption

Golf clubs may not be brought into the Clubhouse through the front entrance hallway.

Mobile telephones must be set to silent in Public Rooms. Mobile phones may only be used to make or receive calls in the front entrance hallway and in the locker rooms.

Children and young persons under the age of 18 are not permitted in any area of the Clubhouse where alcohol is sold or consumed unless accompanied by an adult.

2. ETIQUETTE / SLOW PLAY

Members should familiarise themselves with the sections in the Rules of Golf on Etiquette, Pace of Play and Ready Golf and adhere to their provisions/recommendations

Members should also familiarise themselves with Pace of Play guidelines issued by Committee.

In particular:

(i) You should always show consideration for other players on the course.

(ii) You should always play at a good pace.

(iii) It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front.

(iv) If you lose a clear hole and delay the group behind, you should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.

(v) Where your group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, you should also invite the faster moving group to play through.

Players must use caddy car paths and keep caddy cars outside any white lines that have been drawn on the Course.  Caddy cars must not be taken onto greens or the approaches to greens.

Playing more than two balls is deemed to constitute practice. Practice pitching onto greens, practice putting on the 18th green, practice from greenside bunkers, and practice play from fairways is not permitted. When practising from the rough or areas adjacent to the fairways, members should not leave unsightly divot marks.

Members who win competitions for which any trophy is awarded are requested to attend the Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes.

On Ladies and Gents’ competition days, members participating in the competition shall have precedence over all other players and should be allowed to play through if being held up.

3. DRESS

The dress code does not apply to children under 10 years of age.

Dress must be of an acceptable standard at all times

Clothes worn on the Course should be the usual acceptable golf clothing at all times. For the avoidance of doubt, any item of clothing displaying a football club badge, logo, emblem, motif or name is not considered appropriate dress.

Denims and combat style clothing are not allowed in any area of the Clubhouse or the Course.

Shorts may be worn if they are of a tailored type and may be worn with sports socks including ‘trainer socks’.

Shirts should be tucked into shorts or trousers at all times

Proper golf shoes must be worn on the Course and on the practice putting green. Soft spiked golf shoes may be worn in the Charlie Hunter Bar. Clean flat soled golf shoes can be worn throughout the Clubhouse’.

Flip-flops are not allowed in any area of the course or the clubhouse.

 4. VISITORS

Visitors who have paid a green fee or persons who have been granted courtesy of the course are Temporary Members of the Club. As such they are entitled to the privileges of the Clubhouse and Course and are obliged to comply with the Club rules.

The Secretary and/or Starter shall issue visitors with a copy of the Club rules on dress and etiquette.

Visitors are not permitted to play on Gents’ weekend and Wednesday competition days and not before 12.00noon on Ladies’ Thursday competition days.

Subject to this, visitor times are as follows:

Weekdays: Not before 9.30am or after 4.00pm

Weekends: Not before 2.00pm

Booked visitor tee times are available to view via the on-line booking system.

 5. GENTS COMPETITIONS

Gents may enter week-end and midweek competitions by booking through the on-line system or by booking through the Pro-shop after the on-line facility has become active.

For week-end competitions, the on-line system will become available at 7pm on the Friday evening 8 or 9 days prior to the competition. For midweek competitions, the on-line facility

will become available at 7pm on the evening 8 days prior to the competition. Members may enter only their own names for medal competitions.

Associate members may not play in match-play competitions but are eligible to play in midweek medals and certain other Club competitions subject to committee approval.

Country members may play in all competitions. Overseas members may not play in match-play competitions.

Any player who fails to appear for the tee time that they have booked or frequently cancels a time at short notice may be written to for an explanation. Any repetition of such action may result in the player being banned from one or more future competitions.

Unless approved by the Committee and posted on the notice board and/or entry sheet, play in Gents’ competitions must take place in three balls or (and only through genuine necessity) in two balls.

Whenever the Gents’ competition is based on groups of three players, members who are not taking part in the competition and any guests shall be restricted to 3 ball matches.

On a Gents’ competition day, members with or without guests, and juniors may use the Course under the following conditions:

 

  • On a Saturday or Sunday competition day, all members other than Associates may play with or without guests on a ‘turn up and play’ basis from 2.00pm – 4.00pm, provided that the first hole is clear, and may book times from 4.00pm onwards.

 

  • On a Wednesday competition day, all members may book and play with or without guests with no time restriction.

Winter Medal Play

Winter medal tee times will be adjusted to ensure that competitors are not compromised by bad light.

 6. LADIES COMPETITIONS

Players must enter competitions by signing their name in the competition entry book provided in the Pro-Shop on the day of the competition.

All competitors must hold a current CONGU handicap.

If starting times are allocated in advance, any player who fails to start at the time allocated may be written to for an explanation.   Any repetition of such action may result in the player being banned from future competitions.

During Ladies’ competitions, Ladies may play for the purpose of regaining a handicap.

The times of Ladies Competitions shall be published in the fixture list.

 7. TEE TIME BOOKING BY MEMBERS FOR NON-COMPETITION GOLF

(For members wishing to play with guests see section 8.)

The following rules apply:

APRIL – SEPTEMBER

Monday-Friday

Times are bookable by members from 8.30am up to 8 days in advance.

Prior to 8.30am; no booking of tee times. Members are required to turn up, register with the Starter and play at the next available tee time.*

Weekends

Times are bookable by members from 10.00am up to 8 days in advance.

Prior to 10.00am; no booking of tee times. Members are required to turn up, register with the Starter and play at the next available tee time*

OCTOBER – MARCH

Monday-Friday

Times are bookable by members from 9.30am up to 8 days in advance.

Prior to 9.30am; no booking of tee times. Members are required to turn up, register with the Starter and play at the next available tee time*

Weekends

Times are bookable by members from 11.00am up to 8 days in advance.

Prior to 11.00am; no booking of tee times. Members are required to turn up, register with the Starter and play at the next available tee time.*

* Prior to the opening of the starters’ shop members wishing to play before the first on-line bookable time must use the Order of Play Start sheets to establish an order of play (see below).

Members participating in Club match-play competitions will however be allowed to pre-book tee off times before the first on-line bookable times subject to certain restrictions.

Throughout the year any times not booked in advance will be available to members who turn up on the day.

Order of Play

An Order of Play Start Sheet for use by members before the Starters’ shop is open will be located at the competitions’ notice-board in the rear hallway.

The sheet for each day will be located in a green binder which must not be removed from the noticeboard area. The binder will be made available each morning immediately the Clubhouse is open to members.

Any member wishing to play before the Starter’s shop is open must add their name and that of their playing partners to this sheet and tee off in group number order.

Members may only book one time and MUST NOT book other times for other members

Any name entered onto the sheet prior to the day of play will be deleted and that member will have no priority on the tee.

Once the Starter has arrived, he will take the sheet and transfer the names onto the BRS booking system in the order in which they appear.

No other Order of Play sheet will be recognised.

Members who have booked the first on-line bookable time will have priority should the Order of Play sheet over-run.

 8. MEMBERS GUESTS

Members may introduce one or more guests into the Clubhouse during normal Clubhouse hours. The names and addresses of such guests are to be entered into the Visitors’ Book.

There is no restriction to the number of occasions members may introduce guests into the Clubhouse.

The member shall be responsible for the dress and conduct of their guests both on the Course and in the Clubhouse.

Members introducing guests for play must ensure that the green fee is paid prior to the start of their game and that their guests’ names and addresses are recorded in the starter’s office or at the bar.

Any member that fails to pay for a guest will be written to for an explanation and may be required to pay the full green fee in force at the time.

A member may introduce a maximum of three guests for play on the Course on condition that the member plays with these guests.

No one person may be introduced as a guest at the members’ guest rate on more than five occasions in a subscription year. Thereafter the full green fee applicable at the time will become payable.

Members may introduce a maximum of 20 guests in any subscription year at a rate of £12 per guest or £6 for juveniles.

Members may introduce unlimited additional guests in any subscription year at a rate of £25 per guest

When several members introduce guests for play and in doing so form an organised party, the discounted green fee for guests will apply only where the total number in the group, including members, does not exceed sixteen.

Members may book a time to play with a guest or guests on the course as follows:

Midweek – Monday to Friday:

At any time of day as far ahead as they wish by booking in advance with the Starter. The facility to book a time to play with a guest using the on-line booking system is restricted to tee-times after 8.30 am April – September and 9.30am October – March and only up to 8 days in advance.

Weekends:

After 10.00am April – September and 11.00am October – March as far ahead as they wish by booking in advance with the Starter or up to 8 days in advance if using the on-line booking system. Members wishing to play with a guest or guests before the first on-line bookable time can only do so on a turn up and play basis.

 9. GENERAL RULES

Cars should be parked carefully between the white lines to allow unrestricted access to other users.

Members, guests and visitors must not change clothes or shoes in the car park.

Members must display on their golf bag the bag tag with which they have been provided to show their category of membership.

Members must report to the Secretary any damage they may have caused to Club property or property adjoining the course. This also applies to damage to parked car.

Players are not allowed to be accompanied by a dog.  Members are requested not to walk their dogs on playing areas of the Course at any time.

Non-playing members and Associate members are permitted to be members’ guests on the same basis as is set out in the rules for non-members. Non-playing members may use the putting green, subject to the wearing of golf shoes.

Items of property belonging to the Club such as hand towels, toilet requisites, glasses etc must not be removed from the Clubhouse or its environs.

 10. JUNIORS

In accordance with the Constitution precedence of admission to Junior Membership will be shown to the children or grand-children of Members or deceased Members.

Junior members are not permitted in any area of the Club where alcohol is sold or consumed unless accompanied by an adult.

Unaccompanied juniors must vacate the clubhouse by 10.00pm.

In junior competitions, juniors should play from the yellow tees.

Junior members with a handicap of 11 or below may play in the appropriate medal competitions excluding match play events organised for those in other categories of membership.

Juniors with a handicap of 5 or below may play in all the appropriate competitions organised for those in other categories of membership including match play events.  Juniors playing in such events may not win any prize or participate in any sweepstake however they are eligible to win the competition overall.

Junior members may introduce guests to play on the course on the same basis as that applicable to other members.

11. USE OF BUGGIES

Personal single seat ride-on buggies are allowed on the course subject to certain restrictions, details of which can be obtained from the Secretary’s office or Pro-Shop.

The Club has a number of two-seater golf buggies available for hire.

Permission to use or hire a buggy will be granted subject to prevailing ground and weather conditions and on completion of the appropriate ‘Conditions of Use’ documentation.

The Head Greenkeeper’s decision on whether buggies may be used on any given day will be final.

12. BREACH OF CLUB RULES OR UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT

Complaints of a non-golfing nature concerning an alleged breach of Club rules or unacceptable conduct should be made in writing to the Managing Secretary.

It is however, the duty of the Committee to investigate any reported breach of conduct or Club rules, of which it becomes aware, whether or not such breach of conduct or Club rules is notified to Committee in writing.

The Captain may appoint a sub-committee or nominate the Vice-Captain to carry out an investigation and the result will be reported to the Committee, who will then decide on the appropriate course of action described in the Constitution.

The complainant and any person reported will be afforded the opportunity, if necessary, of presenting their case before the Committee.

The complainant and any person reported will be informed of the decision of the Committee in writing. The decision of the Committee regarding all complaints shall be final and binding on all concerned unless subject to section 12 of the Club Constitution.

13. COMPLAINTS AND PROTESTS

Complaints and protests of a golfing nature must be made in writing to the Match and Handicap Secretary who shall issue a ruling within 3 days of receipt of such complaint.

The decision of the Match and Handicap Secretary regarding all complaints and protests of a golfing nature shall be final and binding on all concerned.