WINTER FAIRWAY MATS
With effect from Tuesday 1 November the requirement to play from fairway mats will come into operation. Also Club buggies will be taken out of action, member’s buggies are allowed but at the discretion of the Head Greenkeeper.
Members are also kindly asked to seriously consider carrying their clubs, if able, so that damage to the course can be minimised.
Mats must be used for shots played from ‘closely mown’ areas, and in addition the area from the road up to the 5th winter green, and the area on the right of the 8th fairway up to the trees. For the avoidance of doubt there is no option to drop/place the ball in the semi rough.
If a ball lies in the semi-rough or rough within approximately 10yds of the winter green in play, a player has the option of using their mat. This does not apply if playing to the proper green.
Balls may be played with a putter from off the green without a mat, in which case “preferred lies” rules apply - see the preferred lies notice at the first tee for details.
Balls must be placed centrally on the mat. Players must not attempt to gain an advantage by playing the ball from the back edge of the mat.
All members and visitors when playing the course while this policy is in force must use a mat. No mats other than those issued from the Professional’s shop are allowed. Sharing of mats is not allowed unless a mat has been lost during play. (It would help if members put their name on the back of their mat to aid recovery if lost.)
A mat deemed by the Professional staff to be damaged beyond use will be exchanged at no cost. New members are entitled to a new mat on request.
For any other reason than the foregoing, a replacement mat will cost £3 to purchase. Visitors will be charged a deposit of £5 refundable on return subject to damage.
During the period where the mats policy is in operation, the rule relating to relief for balls embedded in their own pitch-marks (25-2) is extended from closely mown areas to the full course, excluding hazards, by the following local rule.
Local Rule - Embedded Balls "through the green"
Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
Ground Committee/Golf Committee