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    (Including the use of Mobile Telephones)


    RULES OF PLAY, ETIQUETTE AND BEHAVIOUR ON THE COURSE (Including the use of Mobile Telephones)


    This section is a brief summary of Section 1 – Etiquette; Behaviour on the Course, R&A Rules of Golf 2016 and provides guidelines on the manner in which the game of golf should be played. If they are followed, all players will gain maximum enjoyment from the game The overriding principle is that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.


    The Sprit of the Game

    Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. We would encourage groups of golfers when playing a social round of golf to invite single players to join in their round


    This is the spirit of the game of golf. 


    Rules of play on the Course

    Burgham Park Golf Club follow THE RULES OF GOLF as approved by the R&A Rules Ltd.

    All Members should make themselves conversant with these rules.

    ·      Copies of the Rules of Golf are made available for members when new versions are released. 

    ·      The Owners' Representative retains a copy that can be viewed by members.

    ·      The R&A Rules Ltd also provide electronic copies of the current Rules of Golf that may be freely downloaded onto PCs and Smart Phones.


    Safety and Consideration for Other Players

    Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing. 

    No player should play until other players in front are out of range. 

    Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise.


    Priority on the Course

    With the exception of formal competitions, priority on the course is determined by a group’s pace of play. 

    ·      Any group playing a whole round is entitled to pass a group playing a shorter round. 

    ·      A group should not “jump” groups by missing out holes unless there is a clear hole behind the tee they are moving to.

    The term “group” includes a single player. 


    When formal competitions are in progress, groups that are not part of the competition should not expect to be called through unless the group ahead, playing in the competition has lost a clear hole from the group in front of them.



    Pace of Play

    At all times, and in the interests of others AVOID SLOW PLAY. It is recommended that no competition round should exceed four hours. It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.


    “Ready golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf. There is strong evidence to suggest that playing “ready golf” really does improve the pace of play. Therefore, Burgham Park Golf Club has decided to adopt this practice with immediate effect in all competitions with the exception of Matchplay; and equally endorses the practice for social golf.

    When “ready golf” is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players.

    Examples of “ready golf” in action are:

    ·      Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options

    ·      Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait

    ·      Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play

    ·      Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball

    ·      Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line

    ·      Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker

    ·      When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot

    ·      Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off.

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    Lost Ball

    If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, he should play a provisional ball 

    Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five minutes [three minutes with effect from 2018] before doing so. 

    Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range 


    Care of the Course

    Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks and Damage by Shoes 

    ·      Players should carefully repair any divot holes (whether or not made by the player himself).

    ·      Players should also carefully repair any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself) 

    ·      On completion of the hole by?all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired 


    Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others. If a rake is within reasonable proximity of the bunker, the rake should be used for this purpose 


    Use of Mobile Telephones on the Course

    Mobile phones may be used on the course, but should be kept on silent or low-level ring and, if making or receiving a call, players must not distract other players on the course.