Guidance notes for members and visitors playing the course
- Precedence should always be given to the President, Captain and Lady Captain on the 1st Tee.
2. Please take note of any times that tees are reserved for special competitions, visitors, matches or visiting clubs and societies.
3. No one should stand too close to, or directly behind the ball, move or talk when a player is making a stroke. On the putting green no one should stand beyond the hole in the line of the player’s stroke.
4. No player should play from the tee until the party in front have played their second strokes and are out of range, nor play up to the green until the party in front has holed out and moved away.
5. Players should leave the green immediately after holing out.
6. Players looking for a ball should signal to the players following to pass through them immediately. After such a signal the players lost should not continue their play until the other players have passed and are out of range. A ball is lost after three minutes searching.
7. Replace all divots, turf cut or displaced and press down with your foot
8. A player should carefully rake the bunker immediately after use.
9. Do not “cut in” to a play a hole if the hole immediately behind is being played.
10. A player who has incurred a penalty stroke should intimate this fact to his opponent as soon as possible
11. Trolleys must not be wheeled over any teeing ground, putting green or between bunker and green.
12. Do all you can to make up four balls when the course is busy, particularly on Saturdays.
13. You must at all times play without delay. If a match fails to keep its place on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, it should allow the match following to pass.
When using a buggy you must stay on the paths where possible. Buggies must not be driven along Werneth Low Road, only directly across the road between the two access gates. When driving a buggy respect the demarcation lines indicated before each green.
No more than two people are allowed in a buggy at any time. The insurance is invalid if more than two people are in a buggy and should any incident occur the individuals themselves become liable.
As when driving your car buggies must not be driven whilst under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol must not be consumed whilst using a buggy.
No one under the age of 16 is allowed to drive a buggy.
15. In normal play matches starting at the 1st tee will alternate with matches moving on from the 11th green.
16. Please use bell on the 2nd / 13th hole and the 7th / 18th hole.
17. All constructed paths and standing areas are immovable obstructions (free drop). This includes the path towards and to the right of the 4th and 15th green. For all other paths, play the ball as it lies. Players must not tee off on holes 4, 7, 9, 10, 15 and 18 if people are using the public footpaths.
18. OUT OF BOUNDS
A ball is out of bounds on or over a boundary wall. Where both wall and fence mark the boundary the wall is the boundary
A ball is out of bounds over the line to the right of the 3rd and 14th hole.
The car park and clubhouse area is out of bounds
19. A ball in the trees back of the 2nd and 13th can be dropped in the drop zone. Penalty 1 shot
20. Relief from tractor marks and animal scrapings is allowed
21. Stones in bunkers may be removed
22. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES (DMD’s)
The use of ALL types of DMD's are permitted at Werneth Low Golf Club at all times and within competitive play. To clarify the use of the term ALL this includes applications (Apps) on mobile phones, assuming that they do not measure other conditions that might affect play (e.g. slope, wind speed or direction).
This is a change within the Rules of Golf 2016 to 2017 and is covered under Appendix IV para 5 which permits such Apps to be used assuming other Apps, such as slope, weather and wind measuring, are not used during play. To clarify this amendment allows that such Apps can be present on the phone, but does not permit their use at any time during play.
A player using a slope, weather or wind App during play or using a DMD to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. slope, weather, wind speed, etc.), is deemed to be in breach of rule 14.3 regardless of this local rule and as such the following will apply:-
Stroke play – two shot penalty, subsequent offence disqualification
Match play – loss of hole, subsequent offence disqualification
23. No penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.
As a result of the changes, which have been approved and adopted by all major tours worldwide, the R&A Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 now read:
When a player's ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.
This local rule applies only when the player's ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
Note: If it is determined that a player's ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.