The following are the Local Rules currently in force at this Golf Club

Out of Bounds: beyond any fence, hedge or white post marking the boundary of the course; to the right of the hedge between the 5th and 6th and the 6th and the 5th; to the left of the white posts between the 7th and 6th when playing the 7th; to the left of the white posts to the left of the 17th and left of the ladies tee and beyond on the18th; within the driving range.

Tracks, Roads & Drainage Channels: free drop within one club length of the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole.

Distance Measuring Devices are permitted in all competitions subject to them providing only distances and no other information.  See detailed advice below.

Sprinkler Heads: a ball coming to rest in a sprinkler head may be lifted and played from the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole without penalty.

Rakes are provided in all bunkers and after use should be placed in the bunker with approximately the last six inches of handle on the grass outside the bunker.

Protection of Small Trees:  a ball coming to rest within one club length of a staked tree, or one under six feet tall, must be lifted and played from within one club length of the nearest point of relief and not nearer the hole.

Stones in Bunkers may be removed without penalty.

Balls on Wrong Green must be lifted and played from within one club length of the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole without penalty. Rule 25-3 applies.

Lateral Hazard on 7th, 8th & 10th Fairways: the bank along the right hand side of the 7th and halfway along the right hand side of the 8th, cutting over to the right hand side of the 10th fairway, and all the way to the 10th green is designated a lateral hazard, and a player whose ball comes to rest within this area should proceed under Rule 26.

Fairway Distance Marker Bushes are situated at a nominal 150 yards to the green and deemed immovable obstructions. Rule 24.2 applies. If a player’s swing or stance is affected by such an obstruction the ball may be lifted and dropped within one club length of the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole without penalty.

Drop Zones: When using the dropping zones on the 9th and 12th holes, the ball must be dropped within two club lengths of the drop zone sign.

Supplementary Local Rule (Effective 1 May 2017)

Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green

Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

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.”





This paper aims to help Clubs and their members understand the rather complicated rules on DMDs. Technology changes rapidly and the interpretation of associated Rules also evolves.   The following guidance reflects the ‘state of play’ at the time of writing. The guidance assumes a DMD is being used in competition.

1.  Local Rule.  You cannot use a DMD in competition at your Club unless the Club has introduced a Local Rule allowing DMDs.  The Club should use the wording on page 136 of the new (2012-15) Rule Book.  If your Club has introduced the Local Rule, it cannot then restrict the type of DMD you can use e.g. the Club cannot prevent mobile phones being used as DMDs (but see 6 below).  If your DMD ‘conforms’, you can use it.

2.  A ‘conforming’ DMD measures distance only.  If your DMD can also give you information on other conditions which might affect your play, it doesn’t conform and the penalty is disqualification, even if you didn’t use that information.

3Non-conforming features.  If your DMD has e.g. a compass, spirit level or can gauge temperature or wind speed, the penalty is disqualification.  Again, it doesn’t matter whether or not you have actually used those features.  Most ‘usual’ DMDs are fine e.g. GPS type DMDs or optical rangefinders because (or if) they only measure distance.  However, be careful, some optical models can measure ‘slope’.  If yours can, it doesn’t conform and the penalty is disqualification.

4. Watches.  Some DMDs can be worn on the wrist. If it also tells the time, that’s fine!  No special rules here.  You can wear a DMD on your wrist, on your belt, round your neck (!), carry it in your pocket, hang it on your bag or attach it to your trolley. However, it mustn’t have a non-conforming feature, even if you don’t use it or it’s switched off. If it does have one, it’s a ‘DQ’.

5. Trolleys.  Some have built-in DMDs.  Not a problem as such.  But, it mustn’t have any non-conforming features (see 3 above). Some do. However, many modern ones can be switched to “competition mode”. That’s fine.  Alternatively, England Golf accepts that if the non-conforming features – or displays – are “taped over” so they can’t be seen, that’s also fine.
If there is evidence that, during a round, the trolley is switched back to “non-competition mode” or the tape covering a non-conforming feature is taken off so the “illegal” information can be seen, you’ll face disqualification.

6.  Mobile phones used as DMDs.  Be very, very careful!  Many peoplen download a DMD “App” on to their phones. In itself, not a problem.  The
problem is this: If your phone has any other features or Apps which don’t conform and the phone is used as a DMD, you will be disqualified whether or not such features or Apps are used.  Just having one on the phone makes the use of that phone as a DMD “illegal”.  The owner may not realise it but many mobile phones have, for instance, a compass or spirit level as a feature.  If your phone has a weather App or facility which gauges actual temperature or wind speed, it’s a disqualification.  Again, it doesn’t matter whether that feature or App is used or not.  It’s worth quoting from the England Golf Men’s “Hard Card” (Standard Local Rules etc.):

“Advice on the use of mobile phones as a distance measuring device:  Because of problems over whether a particular phone conforms to the Local Rule and, therefore, to protect players from the risk of disqualification, (England Golf) strongly recommends that mobile phones are not
used as distance measuring devices”.

“Mobile phones used as phones”.  Clubs may not restrict the type of DMD a player uses, as long as it is a conforming DMD (1 above).  However, a Club can have a “regulation” on using phones – as phones.  England Golf has the following regulation:

Mobile phones (including pagers and similar devices): May not be used on the course (including on practice days) by players or caddies for making/sending or receiving calls or texts, except in cases of emergency”.

England Golf would take disciplinary action against a player for breach of this regulation.  England Golf is very happy for players to carry mobile phones in their golf bags, so that, if there is an emergency, they can phone the office, pro shop, emergency service etc.

Other playing “aids”.   If your DMD has a feature or App which helps you, for instance, read/gauge/measure the slope on a green (such Apps can be downloaded on to some mobile phones), then, whether or not that feature or App is used, the penalty is disqualification.

England Golf Men’s
Championship Committee.

May 2012


  • Rule14-3 and the Note at the end of this Rule
  • SpecimenLocal Rule on page 136 of the Rule Book
  • AppendixIV on Distance Measuring Devices, page 162 of the Rule Book
  • EnglandGolf Men’s “Hard Card”, Local Rule 10 (The Hard Card can be viewed at anddownloaded from England Golf’s website, under the ‘Championships’ section)
  • R&A’s“The Rules Regarding Distance Measuring Devices” (can be viewed at anddownloaded from the R&A’s website. Contains a very useful flowchart)