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Winter Rules


Starting 15th November 2017

Play Prohibited From Fairways

A ball finishing on the fairway must be either

A. Played from a mat: Mat to be placed within 1 ft of the ball. The ball can then be picked, cleaned and placed on the mat, not nearer the hole. Mats if desired can be purchased from the Pro Shop.

B. Dropped and/or placed EITHER side of the fairway (in the rough) not nearer the hole. There is no limit to how far left or right (in the rough) a player chooses to drop/place. (The position where the ball originally lay does not need to be marked.) The ball may be placed on a mat if you move to the rough. Your ball MUST be played from the hole on which it lands.

C. Played with a putter

For General play and in Winter competitions, players may play from all areas using a mat, with the exception of bunkers and hazards.


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

Note: Anyone playing from the fairway without a mat or using a putter may be subject to disciplinary action.

Preferred Lies

In addition a player may prefer his lie ‘Through the Green’

A ball lying 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.

Definition: "Through the green" is the whole area of the course except:

a. The teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played

b. All hazards on the course.


Starting 15th November 2017

Play From Bunkers

If a ball comes to rest in a bunker, the following procedure will apply without penalty

* A ball may be lifted and cleaned

* Sand may then be raked from where the ball was lifted from

* Ball is then placed in the bunker, as close as possible to where it originally lay, not nearer the hole

* After playing your shot, the bunker will be raked.


* A mat can be used in all areas of the course except in a hazard or bunker. If your ball lands in the rough it can be moved onto a mat. ? You do not have to use the mat for every shot. ? The rough is not the first cut strip on either side of the fairway. The rough is defined as the longer grass after this cut. ? Your ball MUST be played from the hole on which it lands. For example if you hit it onto the 18th hole off the 1st you MUST play from the 18th. ? The roped off areas, with the exception of the tees, are NOT ground under repair, they are for traffic management only, if you are obscured by the ropes please take them out of the ground, play your shot and replace the rope. ? Winter tees must be used. Play is prohibited from all other tees and should be regarded as "ground under repair play prohibited" ? Stand-alone temporary greens have been cut, these are classed as "ground under repair play prohibited" when not in use.

* When play is to temporary greens, the permanent greens are classed as "ground under repair play prohibited"

Rules of Golf STILL apply


Greens Committee

Created: 17-Nov-17 09:58

Captains' Wine & Cheese Evening Photographs

Created: 31-Oct-17 10:48

Doreen & Alan Cairns

Jim Screen presents Doreen and Alan Cairns with a gift for all their hard work in organising over 20 Burns Night Functions at the City.

Created: 23-Oct-17 10:36

Gas Leak

We would like to thank  everyone who responded to the appeal for assistance with the gas leak

We had a number of members who responded with names and suggestions and some who very generously gave their time to providing hands on assistance which is very much appreciated.

The work is now completed and all that needs to be done is to return the temporary gas heaters which were extremely functional and get the two new meters installed.

Thank you

Jim Screen

Created: 19-Oct-17 11:40

England Club Champions!

The City of Newcastle Golf Club cast off its jinx to be named as England’s Champion Club after a 36-hole tournament which ended in the dark following a fog delay. 

The team of Northumberland county champion Phil Ridden and fellow county players, Alex Dixon and Mark Wharton, stormed to an emphatic 14-shot win in the tournament at East Devon Golf Club.

But there were plenty of twists along the way before they claimed Northumberland’s first victory in the keenly contested competition.  
“We thought we were jinxed,” said City of Newcastle men’s captain, John Franklin. The club has been runners-up in this competition twice before, most recently in 2015 when they lost out on countback. 
This weekend, they finished the first round one shot off the lead, then completed their second round in level par, finishing with a team total of 11-over and roaring into the lead. 
They played early on the second day and went off to a local pub in Budleigh Salterton to watch Newcastle FC on television. When the match was over – with a loss to their team - they returned to the golf club to find mist coming in over the course and play suspended. “We thought the jinx was following us,” said Franklin. 
But, despite fog and encroaching darkness, the field eventually completed play and City of Newcastle’s victory was confirmed. Franklin commented: “This means a great deal to us.” 
The competition is challenging with all three gross scores counting in both rounds. After yesterday’s first round City of Newcastle were on 11-over par and one shot behind Norfolk’s King’s Lynn. 
Today, they were on top form. Ridden was round in three-under 67, Dixon in one-over 71 and Wharton in 72 for a level par total. 
“The game plan was to get three decent scores, not one exceptional score,” said Franklin. “The nature of the course was that the number of bogeys, rather than birdies, would win it.” 
The runners-up were Northamptonshire County on 25-over par, followed by Somerset’s Burnham & Berrow on 29-over. 
The individual winner was Norfolk’s Jack Yule, of King’s Lynn, who was seven-under par for the two rounds, with scores of 65 68. King’s Lynn were the halfway leaders but fell back to seventh place. 
Ridden was the individual runner-up on one-under, followed by Leicestershire & Rutland’s Steve Sansome (Birstall) on two-over. 
This sees them representing England in the European Club Champinship held in Bordeaux next month!
Created: 24-Sep-17 22:03
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