Rules Night - Monday 11th February at 7pm

Learn about the new rule changes for 2019

Do you know about the new rules and what impact they’ll have?

Cameron Thomson of the Yorkshire Union will be hosting the event which will help golfers of all levels understand the new rule changes.

Put your names down on the sheet on the members board if you are going to join the event.

Rules Changes 2019

NEW RULES from 1st January 2019 - Everything you need to know

The new Rules of Golf from the R&A and USGA come into force from 1st January 2019 and it is important that golfers know about the changes if they are going to be playing competitively.

This helpful video below gives you a fantastic overview of the 20 biggest changes in the rules, which will be the most commonly occurring in your game. Make sure you give this video a watch before the 1st of January if you are unsure of any of the new rules.

Rules not being adopted by Burstwick

Some of the new rules include the options for local rules to be enforced by the Committee at each club, and currently the Committee has no plans to enforce any of these, this includes and alternative penalty procedure for an out of bounds or lost ball; we will remain with the traditional method of going back to where the shot was last played from under a one stroke penalty.

If you have any questions on the new rules please don’t hesitate to speak to either Alan or Matt at the club for any help or clarification.

There are now NO Blue Stakes on the Golf Course

Trees with no blue stakes

The blue stakes have now been pulled out on holes 3-11 which means there are NO BLUE STAKES on the course!

There are however still a majority of individually staked trees, which you would still take relief from solely (relief from the tree itself, not the copse of tress).

Relief procedures are the same as any Abnormal Ground Condition or GUR by identifying the nearest point of relief and then dropping within one club length, no closer to the hole.

Relief from Coring Holes on Greens

Temporary Local Rule

On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be marked, lifted and placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation (i.e. next to the core hole), with no penalty.


Match play - Loss of hole

Stroke play - Two strokes

This temporary rule shall remain inforce until further notice

Winter Rules Start Today

As from 1st October Winter Rules are now in force, please observe the following ruling:

Winter Rules (Preferred Lies & Embedded Ball)

Players must adhere to this rule when playing competitions from 1st October 2015 to 31st March 2016.

Appendix 1, Part B, 4a: Embedded Ball

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.


1. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely mown.

2. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

Appendix 1, Part B, 4c: Preferred Lies

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, he must place it 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 his 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, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.

Note: “Closely-mown area” means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.

*PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

*If a player incurs the general penalty for a breach of this Local Rule, no additional penalty under the Local Rule is applied.


New Drop Zones for Holes 6 and 11

We have created two new drops zones to the back-right of greens 6 and 11, and these are for people who have found their ball lying in the trees behind the green and are seeking to declare the ball unplayable with a penalty of one shot.

Because of the boundary fence it is mostly impossible to take relief when declaring unplayable and therefore can mean a near impossible shot, by using the dropping zones you are still dropping a penalty shot, but you have a chance of making a good chip. The rule is as follows:

Dropping Zone

Applies to holes 6 and 11

If a ball is found and lies in the copse of Willow trees behind the 6th and 11th greens, the player may:

(i) Play the ball as it lies; or

(ii) As an additional option, declare the ball unplayable and under penalty of one stroke, drop a ball in either of the dropping zones.


Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

Entering Competitions Singularly

After the latest committee meeting is was discussed about members entering competitions while playing with another member who is not in the competition.

Up until now it has been a club rule that to enter a competition you must play with a player that is also in the competition or another competition on the same day, but it has now been decided that this will no longer be the case in the future. Players will be permitted to enter the competitions and any member, whether in the competition or not, will be allowed to mark their card.