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Clubhouse Reopening

Bookings are now being taken for the external area from 12th April.

We will be open Monday to Sunday 11am - 11pm, weather permitting with food being served from 11am to 8pm.

You can view the menu here, which is also available as a takeaway. 


Created: 02-Apr-21 09:54

Preferred Lies

When we return to golf on Monday, we will be playing Preferred Lies on the fairways only, but not in the semi-rough, long rough or plantations. Players may place the ball within 6 inches, and no nearer the hole. This is a short term measure and we will send out a further communication when Preferred Lies are withdrawn.
Preferred Lies will continue to be in operation in bunkers as part of our Covid precautions.

The formal definition is included below and will be displayed in the Locker Rooms.

When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:
• Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
• Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits:
• Limits on Location of Relief Area:
o Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
o Must be in the general area.
In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.

PREFERRED LIES IN BUNKERS - Until further notice.
As a Covid precaution, to enable rakes to be removed from the course, preferred lies continue to be allowed in bunkers.
You may prefer the lie of your ball in the bunker, within 6 inches of its original position, no nearer the hole.
You must not smooth the bunker before taking relief.
Penalty for breach of Rule: General penalty – 2 strokes.

Any questions: please contact the competitions team at

Phil Tennant
Competitions and Handicapping Team

Created: 29-Mar-21 13:50

Local Rules Changes & Scorecards for the Coming Season

The course has been remeasured to comply with the new World Handicap System (WHS), and new scorecards with the new yardages, WHS terms (Course Rating, Slope Rating, Handicap Index, Course Handicap and Playing Handicap) and updated Local Rules will be available from the start of the season, and are attached for info.
The yardages on the tee boxes will be updated in due course.

Our Local Rules have been updated, the principal changes are:
• Penalty Area Posts are ‘immovable obstructions’, Please do not attempt to remove them.
• White boundary posts have been introduced along the ‘ditch’ on the 4th hole, a ball coming to rest beyond the posts is out of bounds.
• White boundary posts have been introduced behind the 18th hole in front of the clubhouse, they extend around the putting green which is now out of bounds.

• All areas marked GUR (Ground Under Repair) are to be GUR ‘PLAY PROHIBITED’ you MUST take relief in accordance with Rule 16.1b (one club length from nearest point of relief).
• Traffic management ropes and poles are immovable obstruction.

Members are reminded that white tees are only to be used for competition play only.


1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18) 
A ball is Out of Bounds when all of it finishes:  
a) Over any fence around the perimeter of the course.  
b) Beyond white stakes around the perimeter of the course. 
c) In the green keeper’s compound adjacent to the second green.  
d) In or over the burn bordering the course. (except 13th hole see local rule 2.c) 

2. PENALTY AREAS (Rule 17) 
a) The cross burn at the first, and eighteenth holes, defined by yellow posts, is a Yellow Penalty Area. Bridges, bridge supports are part of the Penalty Area. 
b) The burn to the left of the first green / adjacent to and in front of the 2nd tee, defined by red posts, is a Red Penalty Area. 
c) The area to the left of the 13th hole defined by red posts is a Red Penalty Area. 

NOTE: The following local rule applies on 13th: Players MUST not attempt to retrieve the ball or play from beyond the burn- they must proceed under the penalty options available (Rule 17.1d Red Penalty Area). 
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE Stroke play – disqualification: Match play – General Penalty.  

Relief under Rule 16 may be taken from Animal holes, Ground Under Repair, Immovable Obstructions and Temporary water. Areas marked by small blue flags or white lines are Ground Under Repair. Bunkers marked with small blue flags are deemed to be GUR.
Distance identification discs and posts, artificial paths, and sprinkler heads, red and yellow penalty area marker posts are Immovable Obstructions.

4. PRACTICE (Rule 5) 
The following are Practice Areas:
(a) The practice putting green.  
(b) The practice fairway which is situated between the 14th green and 8th tee and which lies adjacent to the 17th fairway and straddles the 15th fairway and tee.  
(c) The practice area behind the 17th green.

5. YARDAGE MARKERS - The following distance markers are measured to the centre of the green – 100, 150, 200 yard discs and posts.

Consider all players and maintain a prompt pace of play.
Allow faster groups of any size to play through.
Adopt ‘ready golf’ philosophy.

7. WINTER PLAY – Local Rules will operate depending on weather conditions – notices will be displayed. 

Created: 22-Mar-21 10:38

Matchplay events now available to enter

As part of our preparation to return to golf, entry for all matchplay events is now available using the Club V1 and HowDidIDo apps:
• Women’s Calcutta Cup: Women’s Singles Matchplay.
• Men’s Calcutta Cup: Men’s Singles Matchplay.
• Elliott Greensomes: Women’s Greensomes for pairs.
• Collings Trophies: Men’s Greensomes for pairs.
• Mixed knockout: Greensomes format for mixed couples.
• Men’s scratch knockout: Mens Singles matchplay. No handicap.
• John Duncan Trophy: Singles matchplay. Open to men 55 and over.

Any members wishing to enter any of the events can enter from the Knockouts option on either the “Club V1 Members Hub” or “HowDidIDo” apps, or by logging onto their HowDidIDo account on their computer at (Select the event you wish to enter, select “View Details”; select “Enter Knockout”). The closing date for entries is Sunday 12th April, and the draws will be made and published on the app later that week. Refereed finals will take place on Sunday 19th September, and finalists must be available to play on that day.

Specific rules for each competition are included on the app. The entrance fee for each competition is £2 per competitor. Please ensure you have sufficient funds loaded on your club card. Additional funds can be loaded via the Club V1 Members Hub app (selecting the “Card” option from the menu).

Competitors enter the result of each match via the Club V1 or HowDidIdo app on their phone; or at on their computer. If you cannot access the apps, you can enter the result by emailing or notifying the Professional of the result. To avoid fixture build up, all players who have not completed their match by the deadline for each round are disqualified, so players should try to arrange their matches in good time.
Two additional matchplay events, the George Sinclair Trophy (for men with a Course Handicap of 14 and under) and MacSmith Trophy (for men with a Course Handicap of 15 and above) have a qualifying round on April 11th with the top 16 finishers qualifying for the knockout stages.

We are reverting to the traditional Greensomes format (both players drive, pick best drive and then alternate shot), this year.
Handicap allowances for Greensomes are calculated as the difference between total of 60% of the lowest players Course Handicap + 40% of the highest player's Course Handicap.
Handicap Allowance for singles matchplay are 100% of the difference between the two players Course Handicaps.

England Golf have provided the following Covid Guidance for Greensomes competitions which we are all expected to follow:
• Each partner should use their own golf ball, which is only handled by that player. For example, the player teeing off from hole one is the only person who touches the ball from teeing off through to completion of the hole. The partner teeing off from hole two does likewise with their ball. Under the Rules of Golf, a partner is permitted to drop the side’s ball in taking relief even if it is not his/her turn to play the next shot. It is also permissible to drop another ball when taking relief.
• When marking and replacing the ball on the putting green this should be conducted by the partner the ball belongs to. Under this situation (or any other where the ball must be replaced) the original ball must be used and must not be substituted by another ball.

If you have any questions please email, and a member of the competitions team will contact you back.

Phil Tennant
Competitions team

Created: 15-Mar-21 12:30

Bereavement Notice

I regret to report the sad passing of Doug Kincaid on 5th February. Doug was a long standing popular member of the golf club who was actively involved in many of the various club activities. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Bill Gibson
Club President.
Created: 19-Feb-21 08:57
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