Match Local Rules

 Chilwell Manor Golf Club

 Local Rules

Updated 25th July 2012


 1. Out of Bounds (Rule 27-1)

A ball that comes to rest beyond any fence, hedge, white posts bounding the course is out of bounds - even should it come to rest on another part of the course.

a)           A ball lying on or over the concrete path or flower border from the Meadow Lane entrance or coming to rest on the paved area or concrete surrounds of the Club House.

b)           A ball lying on the car park.

c)           Balls on the path between fences at back of 12th green.

 2. Obstructions and Integral Parts of the Course

a)           Buildings on the course, artificial surfaces (including paths, path edges, honeycomb matting),  practice net and yardage marker discs are immovable obstructions (Rule 24-2).

b)           Staked trees so marked.

c)           Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1).

d) Fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions (Rule24-2).  In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, relief may be taken as follows:  the ball must be lifted  and dropped at the nearest point to where it lay that (i) is not nearer the hole, (ii) avoids intervention and (iii) is not in a bunker.  The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

e)           The direction post on 1st fairway.

f)            Approach supports of bridges over water hazards.

g)           Shelters on course.

h)           Building approaching 8th green including the concrete base supporting the water tower.

i)            Footpaths across 14th,16th and 17th holes.

j)            Flag pole and steps on tees.

k)           Brick wall on side of water hazard on 6th fairway.

l)            Flower bed on front of tea hut is GUR and relief must be taken.

m)          Irrigation equipment covers.

n)           Relief must be taken from areas marked GUR or marked with Blue Lines.


3. Ground Under Repair

The area defined by GUR signage is ground under repair from which play is prohibited.  If a player's ball lies in the area , or if it interferes with the player's stance or the area of his intended swing the player must take relief under  (Rule 25 -1).


4. Distance Measuring Devices

For all play on this course, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect their play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

 Guidance Notes - Hazardous Situations

 1. Fallen Leaves and Icing

During Autumn and Winter months, leaves and icing on fairways can build up underfoot and render both soft and hard spikes inoperative, especially worn down spikes.  To help prevent slips and falling accidents, players are advised to check and replace worn spikes in readiness for late season conditions.

  2. Fog

 Due to the potential risk of hitting other golfers, players are advised to take extreme care in playing shots in foggy conditions and are further advised that they are solely responsible in such an event.

 3. Thunderstorms

 Under the Rules of Golf players are expected to use their own judgement in these circumstances and may discontinue play if they believe there is danger from lightning.  Sheltering under trees can be extremely dangerous.

 4. Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation

  "When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play.  If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play, if a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in (Rule 33-7)

The signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation will be a prolonged note of the siren"

 i)       Discontinue play immediately: One prolonged note of siren.

ii).     Discontinue play: Three consecutive notes of siren, repeated.

iii)     Resume play: Two short notes of siren, repeated.

 Lifting Ball When Play Discontinued

 When  a player discontinues play of a hole under (Rule 6-8a)  he may lift his ball without penalty, only if the Committee has suspended play or there is a good reason to lift it.  Before lifting the ball the player must mark its position.  If the player discontinues play and lifts his ball without specific permission from the Committee, he must , when reporting to the Committee (Rule 6-8a) report the lifting of the ball.  If the player lifts the ball without a good reason to do so, fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it, or fails to report the lifting of the ball, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke.

 Procedure When Play Resumed

 Play must be resumed from where it was discontinued, even if resumption occurs on a subsequent day.  The player must, either before or when play is resumed,  proceed as follows:

 i)       if the player has lifted the ball, he must, provided he was entitled to lift it under (Rule 6-8c) place the original ball or a substituted ball on the spot from which the original ball was lifted..  Otherwise, the original ball must  be replaced.

ii)      if the player has not lifted his ball, he may, provided he was entitled to lift it under (Rule 6-8c), lift, clean and replace the ball, or substitute a ball, on the spot from which the original ball was lifted.  Before lifting the ball he must mark its position or

iii)     if the player's ball or marker is moved (including by wind or water) while play is discontinued, a ball or ball marker must be placed on the spot from which the original ball or ball marker was moved.

Note: If the spot where the ball is to be placed is impossible to determine, it must be estimated and the ball placed on the estimated spot the provision of (Rule 20-3c) do not apply.

 Commonly Applied Temporary Local Rules

Are notified in the Clubhouse and the Professional Shop when in operation - it is the Player's responsibility to ascertain the situation prior to playing.

 1. Preferred Lies /Pick and Place: Normally for Winter Playing between 1st November and 30th April, but can occasionally occur at other times particularly in conjunction with severe wet weather, drought, and fairway aeration treatment.

 A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned.  Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position.  Having lifted the ball, it must be placed on a spot within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green. 

A player may place the ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4).  If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it is placed,  (Rule 20-3d) applies.  If the ball when placed, comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.

 If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, a penalty of one stroke is incurred.

 Note:" closely -mown area" means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.  There are no closely mown areas on par 3's except for the aprons surrounding the putting greens.

 2. Wrong Putting Greens:  A "wrong putting green" is any putting green other than that of the hole being played.  Unless otherwise prescribed by the Committee, this term includes a practice putting green or pitching green on the course.

 3. Greens Maintenance: On putting greens, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole or a hole formed by vertidraining or tining may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation, without penalty.  A fellow competitor or opponent must be given the opportunity of observing the taking of relief.

 1. Medical Emergencies - Ring the Clubhouse - 0115 9258958

The Club has trained First Aiders; heart resuscitation equipment is kept in the Clubhouse, upstairs outside of the Secretary's Office, this is for initial assistance prior to the arrival of emergency services.  Mobile phones may be used on the course in the event of an emergency.

 Dress Rules: All members, guests and visitors are asked to comply with the Club's Dress Rules, details of which are posted in the Clubhouse, Web Site and Professional Shop.

 Mobile Phones: (in phone mode) are not permitted on the course, (except in emergency).

 Dogs: are not permitted in the Clubhouse (except Assistance Dogs).


 All members, guests and visitors are asked to observe the following:

 1.           In the interests of all, players should play without delay.  In order to avoid Slow Play players should:

a.           be on the tee and ready to play at least 5 minutes before their tee time, and must drive off on time

b.           walk quickly between shots

c.           mark cards on the next tee, not on the green

d.           be aware of the match in front as well as the match behind and in the event of losing a full hole to the match in front must invite the match behind to pass through

e.           be aware that internal club knockout matches should be let through if they are being held up

f.            avoid walking/playing as a group (e.g. following each other to each other's balls)

g.           be ready to play when it is their turn

h.           play a provisional ball if in any doubt about finding their shot

i.            pick up in stableford or pairs matches when strokes are exhausted

2.           No one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when a  player is addressing the ball or making a stroke

3            The player(s) who has the honour should be allowed to play before their opponent or fellow competitor tees their ball

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

5.           Players searching for a ball must allow other players coming up to pass them: they must signal the players following them to pass, and must not continue their play until those players have passed  and are out of range   

6.           Before leaving a bunker please rake it

7.           Players must replace divots and repair pitch marks

8.           Players must leave the green immediately on completion of the hole

9.           Golf bags on trolleys must not be placed on the tees or on putting greens

10.         At the 4th hole (club competitions only) if players are waiting to tee off mark your ball on the green stand to one side (safely) in order for them to make their tee shot, then continue putting out

11          Where there are signage indicating order of play, please ensure that you carry out the instructions 


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